National Bridge Inventory: Delaware
- Of the 863 bridges in the state, 34, or 3.9 percent, are classified as structurally deficient. This means one of the key elements is in poor or worse condition.
- This is down from 48 bridges classified as structurally deficient in 2014.
- 0 of the structurally deficient bridges are on the Interstate Highway System.
- 24 bridges are posted for load, which may restrict the size and weight of vehicles crossing the structure.
- The state has identified needed repairs on 342 bridges at an estimated cost of $755.8 million.
- This compares to 349 bridges that needed work in 2014.
|County||Year Built||Daily Crossings||Type of Bridge||Location|
|New Castle||1978||68,105||Urban other principal arterial||SR 141 over Christina R.,Amtrak,SR 4|
|Sussex||1916||30,556||Rural arterial||US 113/Dupont Blvd over Iron Branch|
|New Castle||1971||22,693||Urban minor arterial||Red Mill Rd over stream Mill Pond|
|New Castle||1955||21,284||Urban other principal arterial||Basin Rd/SR141 over US 13|
|New Castle||1973||18,393||Urban collector||Harmony Rd over White Clay Creek|
|Sussex||1926||12,210||Rural major collector||Front St over Nanticoke River|
|Kent||1965||11,822||Urban collector||Lebanon Rd/SR10 WB over St. Jones River|
|New Castle||1963||10,708||Urban minor arterial||Chapman Rd over I 95, Delaware Turnpike|
|Kent||1941||10,208||Rural arterial||US Route 13 over C & D Canal|
|New Castle||1980||10,089||Urban minor arterial||Fourth Street over Christina River|
|New Castle||1975||9,622||Urban collector||Greenbank Rd over Red Clay Creek|
|New Castle||1920||9,612||Rural minor arterial||Dupont Pkw/US13 SB over Blackbird Creek|
|New Castle||1959||9,073||Urban minor arterial||Dupont Rd / SR1 over Delaware Valley RR|
|New Castle||1977||6,347||Urban other principal arterial||12th St over Norfolk Southern|
|Sussex||1923||6,292||Rural major collector||Central Ave over Broad Creek|
|New Castle||1981||5,056||Urban collector||Brick Mill Rd over Dove Nest Branch|
|Kent||1989||3,808||Rural minor collector||Irish Hill Rd. over Thorndyk Ditch|
|New Castle||1988||3,193||Rural major collector||Old Kennet Pike Rd over Waterway|
|New Castle||1988||3,037||Rural major collector||Old Kennet Pike Rd over Waterway|
|Sussex||1970||3,013||Rural major collector||Nine Foot Road over Whartons Branch|
|Sussex||1985||2,492||Rural local road||Cedar Lane over Eli Walls Ditch|
|New Castle||1929||2,404||Urban local road||James St. over Christina River|
|Kent||1967||2,374||Urban local road||White Oak Rd over Little River|
|Sussex||1966||1,601||Urban local road||Delaware Ave over Broad Creek|
|Sussex||1964||1,237||Urban other principal arterial||US 9 over Delaware Bay|
|Type of Bridge||Number of Bridges||Area of All Bridges
|Daily Crossings on All Bridges||Number of Structurally Deficient Bridges||Area of Structurally Deficient Bridges
|Daily Crossings on Structurally Deficient Bridges|
|Rural minor arterial||20||11,533||333,176||1||159||9,612|
|Rural major collector||89||43,859||377,918||5||931||27,745|
|Rural minor collector||28||4,551||77,977||1||64||3,808|
|Rural local road||182||25,998||181,965||7||353||4,331|
|Urban other principal arterial||120||172,347||2,822,576||5||25,083||98,210|
|Urban minor arterial||73||76,482||931,087||4||6,479||52,563|
|Urban local road||65||23,070||148,038||3||1,301||6,379|
|Type of Work||Number of Bridges||Cost to Repair
|Daily Crossings||Area of Bridges
|Widening & rehabilitation||20||$23||253,580||18,777|
|Other structural work||32||$95||740,807||77,399|
About the data:
Data from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) National Bridge Inventory (NBI), released March 15, 2019. Note that specific conditions on bridges may have changed as a result of recent work or updated inspections.
Effective January 1, 2018, FHWA changed the definition of structurally deficient as part of the final rule on highway and bridge performance measures, published May 20, 2017 pursuant to the 2012 federal aid highway bill Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Two measures that were previously used to classify bridges as structurally deficient are no longer used. This includes bridges where the overall structural evaluation was rated in poor or worse condition, or where the adequacy of waterway openings was insufficient.
The new definition limits the classification to bridges where one of the key structural elements—the deck, superstructure, substructure or culverts, are rated in poor or worse condition. During inspection, the conditions of a variety of bridge elements are rated on a scale of 0 (failed condition) to 9 (excellent condition). A rating of 4 is considered “poor” condition.
Cost estimates have been derived by ARTBA, based on 2017 average bridge replacement costs for structures on and off the National Highway System, published by FHWA. Bridge rehabilitation costs are estimated to be 68 percent of replacement costs. A bridge is considered to need repair if the structure has identified repairs as part of the NBI, a cost estimate is supplied by the bridge owner or the bridge is classified as structurally deficient.
Bridges are classified by FHWA into types based on the functional classification of the roadway on the bridge. Interstates comprise routes officially designated by the Secretary of Transportation. Other principal arterials serve major centers of urban areas or provide mobility through rural areas. Freeways and expressways have directional lanes generally separated by a physical barrier, and access/egress points generally limited to on- and off-ramps. Minor arterials serve smaller areas and are used for trips of moderate length. Collectors funnel traffic from local roads to the arterial network; major collectors have higher speed limits and traffic volumes and are longer in length and spaced at greater intervals, while minor collectors are shorter and provide service to smaller communities. Local roads do not carry through traffic and are intended for short distance travel.