St. Georges Bridge to get major makeover
The St. Georges Bridge over the C&D Canal will be closed for repairs this fall.
The four-month project is expected to have an impact on area motorists.
Traffic along Route 13 across the St. Georges Bridge in southern New Castle County will be disrupted once the work begins in September.
“We’re going to be addressing 45 floor beams, in conjunction with that, over 7,000 bolts and rivets will be repaired or replaced. So, it’s necessary to close the entire bridge - it’s a two-lane bridge - for vehicular traffic. And we’re going to be working in conjunction with DelDOT,” said Tim Boyle, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District spokesperson.
Boyle adds the bridge is not in imminent danger, but says these repairs are necessary.
“This is just from normal wear and tear. The Bridge was built in 1941 and over time, there has been some degradation of the steel from rusting - just normal exposure to the elements; also, just normal wear and tear from the traffic,” said Boyle.
Boyle says DelDOT will have signs up to detour traffic over to Route 1 and the Roth Bridge over the Canal
The repair project is expected to cost $3.7 million dollars.