State Bridge Profile Delaware 2016

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State Bridge Profile Delaware 2016 2016-02-29T09:59:49+00:00
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Delaware Highlights from FHWA’s
2015 National Bridge Inventory Data:

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  • Of the 875 bridges in the state, 48, or 5%, are classified as structurally deficient. This means one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in “poor” or worse condition.1
  • 129 bridges, or 15%, are classified as functionally obsolete. This means the bridge does not meet design standards in line with current practice.
  • Federal investment in Delaware has supported $482.5 million for capital improvements on 246 bridge projects between 2005 and 2014.2
  • Since 2004, 77 new bridges have been constructed in the state; 25 have undergone major reconstruction.
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Ranking

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Top Most Traveled Structurally Deficient Bridges in the State

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CountyYear BuiltDaily CrossingsType of Bridge3Location
New Castle196387,566Urban InterstateI 95 NB over SR1/Korean War Vet Mem north of Christiana
New Castle197866,125Urban other principal arterialSR 141 over Christina R.,Amtrak,SR 4 at Newport
Sussex191626,630Rural arterialUS 113/Dupont Blvd over Iron Branch at South Millsboro
New Castle195822,535Urban other principal arterialDupont Hwy / US13 over Baylor Blvd. at Farnhurst
New Castle197319,223Urban collectorHarmony Rd over White Clay Creek north of Ogletown
New Castle196515,224Urban minor arterialFoulk Rd/SR261 over South Branch Naamans Ck north of Wilmington
New Castle195911,239Urban minor arterialMilltown Rd over Mill Creek at Milltown
Kent194110,208Rural arterialUS Route 13 over C & D Canal at 4.5 mi. W. of Reedy Pt.
New Castle19639,817Urban minor arterialChapman Rd over I 95, Delaware Turnpike at E. of Newark
New Castle19758,700Urban collectorGreenbank Rd over Red Clay Creek at N.W. of Prices Corner
New Castle19208,441Rural minor arterialDupont Pkw/US13 SB over Blackbird Creek north of Blackbird
New Castle19776,203Urban other principal arterial12th St over Norfolk Southern at Wilmington
New Castle19346,023Urban collectorCarr Rd over Shellpot Creek north of Wilmington
Sussex19705,444Rural major collectorNine Foot Road over Wharton S Branch at west of Dagsboro
Sussex19705,444Rural major collectorSR 26/Nine Foot Rd over Wharton Branch ditch at west of Dagsboro
New Castle19914,975Rural major collectorSR 299/Main Street over Appoquinimink River at S/E Odessa Limits
New Castle19784,675Urban other principal arterialRamp SR141N to Sr4 over Ayre St at Newport
New Castle19784,675Urban other principal arterialSR 4 to SR 141 S over Ayres St at Newport
Sussex19914,046Rural local roadRobinsonville Rd over Love Creek at south of Nassua
New Castle19293,727Urban local roadJames St. over Christina River at Newport Bridge
New Castle19883,034Rural major collectorOld Kennet Pike Rd over Waterway at N. of Owls Nest Estates
Kent19892,539Rural minor collectorIrish Hill Rd. over Thorndyk ditch at S.W. of Magnolia
New Castle19682,534Urban collectorOld Newark Rd over Cool Run at S/E of Newark
New Castle19332,224Rural arterialDelaware Rt. 9 over C&D Canal (Branch) at 1/8 mi N of Reedy Point
Kent19871,932Urban collectorDenneys Rd over Fork Branch north of Dover
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Bridge Inventory

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Type of Bridge3Number of BridgesArea of All Bridges (sq. meters)Daily Crossings on All BridgesNumber of Structurally Deficient BridgesArea of Structurally Deficient Bridges (sq. meters)Daily Crossings on Structurally Deficient Bridges
Rural Interstate000000
Rural arterial81230,3141,805,906321,63139,062
Rural minor arterial2111,490191,82911598,441
Rural major collector8739,664352,690426218,897
Rural minor collector284,21555,486102,539
Rural local road19822,789149,4852125214,862
Urban Interstate94335,9253,810,81211,73487,566
Urban freeway/expressway2934,768898,096000
Urban other principal arterial121170,7802,773,929523,705104,213
Urban minor arterial6969,664845,02932,73636,280
Urban collector8236,396552,97371,94540,878
Urban local road6521,801131,36829093,826
Total875977,80611,567,6034853,333356,564
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Proposed Bridge Work

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Type of WorkNumber of BridgesCost to Repair (in millions)Daily CrossingsArea of Bridges (sq. meters)
Bridge replacement154$288.22,347,716116,863
Widening & rehabilitation20$12.2226,89417,339
Rehabilitation137$335.41,906,613311,159
Deck rehabilitation/replacement0$000
Other structural work25$16.1535,06540,634
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1 According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), a bridge is classified as structurally deficient if the condition rating for the deck, superstructure, substructure or culvert and retaining walls is rated 4 or below or if the bridge receives an appraisal rating of 2 or less for structural condition or waterway adequacy. During inspections, the condition 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 and the individual element displays signs of advanced section loss, deterioration, spalling or scour.
2 This data is provided by bridge owners as part of the FHWA data and is required for any bridge eligible for the Highway Bridge Replacement

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Sources: All data is from the 2014 National Bridge Inventory, released by the Federal Highway Administration in January 2015. Note that specific conditions on bridge may have changed as a result of recent work. Cost estimates of bridge work provided as part of the data and have been adjusted to 2014$ for inflation and estimated project costs. Contract awards data is for state and local government awards and comes from McGraw Hill. Note that additional bridge investment may be a part of other contract awards if a smaller bridge project is included with a highway project, and that would not be accounted for in the total in this profile.

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