Summit Bridge

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This article is about the bridge. For the community, see Summit Bridge, Delaware.
Summit Bridge
Summit Bridge Delaware.jpg
View of the bridge from the ground
Carries 4 lanes of US 301 / DE 71 / DE 896
Crosses Chesapeake & Delaware Canal
Locale Summit Bridge, Delaware
Maintained by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Design Cantilever truss bridge
Opened 1960
Coordinates 39°32′27″N 75°44′19″W / 39.540786°N 75.738544°W / 39.540786; -75.738544

The Summit Bridge carries U.S. Route 301 and Delaware Routes 71 and 896 across the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, connecting Newark, Delaware with Dover, Delaware (via Delaware Rt. 71) and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (via U.S. Rt. 301). The bridge also carries Delaware Bicycle Route 1, a bicycle route that spans the length of the state of Delaware, across the canal. Opened in 1961, the Summit Bridge was the second four-lane high-level crossing in Delaware and was designed for a future upgrade of U.S. Rt. 301 to a four-lane limited access toll road connecting the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the Delaware Turnpike (I-95), but such plans have been shelved by both the Maryland and Delaware Departments of Transportation (it has since been resurrected by DelDOT as a realignment of US 301 connecting Maryland and Delaware Route 1 near the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Bridge). The current bridge replaces a former swing span structure that was demolished when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rerouted the canal to a new sea-level channel south of Lums Pond State Park. A construction project on the approaches to the bridge was completed in Fall of 2012.

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