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Mispillion River Bridge

Photos 

Overall View From North Bank, Looking Downstream (Southeast)

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #310945

Map 

Description 

The Railroad Avenue Bridge was designed by William B. Carswell and installed by James A. Hirons, with stonework by Joseph Russo. The bridge was listed as potentially eligible for the National Register of Historic Places when it was identified as the earliest steel girder bridge in the statewide bridge survey.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Lost Steel stringer bridge over Mispillion River on Church Street
Location
Milford, Kent County, Delaware
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1903; Replaced 1994
Builders
- James A. Hirons (Contractor)
- Joseph Russo (Stone Mason)
- William B. Carswell of Wilmington, Delaware (Engineer)
Design
Steel stringer
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 19.0 ft.
Total length: 42.0 ft.
Deck width: 35.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.91213, -75.43076   (decimal degrees)
38°54'44" N, 75°25'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/462653/4307114 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Milford
Inventory number
BH 65127 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 03/1992)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 39.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1991)
3,696

Update Log 

  • December 29, 2014: Added by Dave King

Sources 

  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER DE-36 - Railroad Avenue Bridge, Spanning Mispillion River on Church Street, Milford, Sussex County, DE