The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, like many canals that still function today, has a long history. It originally went through Delaware City until that section was realigned in the mid-1920s and a vertical lift bridge was constructed in this area. This bridge was replaced by the current high level fixed bridge in 1968. This bridge is a late but noteworthy example of a form of cantilever truss that is carefully designed to eliminate pointy towers at the piers and instead offer an arch-like appearance, consisting of a deck truss span that transitions into a through truss span. This variety of cantilever truss was intended to offer better aesthetic qualities and started to be built in the 1930s. They are less common than other styles of cantilever truss. Typical of late 1960s construction, this bridge used rivets in the shop and bolts for field assembly. Thus the connections are bolted, and the built-up beams are riveted. Also typical of this period, very little v-lacing or lattice is present on built-up members. One simple span deck truss approach span is located at each end of the three span cantilever truss, with the remaining approach spans being deck plate girder and stringer spans.
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