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Rising Sun Lane Bridge


Rising Sun Rd. Bridge elevation

Northwest side of Rising Sun Road bridge over Brandywine River

Photo taken by Frank Danberg in March 2009


BH Photo #135407

Street View 


Rising Sun Lane bridge consists of a 127-long, riveted, steel Pratt thru truss span and a 25-long, stone arch approach span for an overall length of 193 including roadway and fill. The massive ashlar abutments and stone arch over a former mill race were built in 1833 when a Burr arch truss covered bridge was erected. In 1928, the covered bridge was replaced by the present metal truss bridge. The abutments, which were in sound condition, were reused. The 1928 Pratt thru truss bridge incorporates truss details that were standard after 1900. The truss members are all builtup of standard steel sections such as angles, channels, and plates. The bridge is rivet connected with gusset plates at each panel point. A sidewalk with a lattice metal railing is cantilevered from the south side of the bridge.

A historically significant feature of the Rising Sun Lane bridge is also its 25-long stone arch, built in 1833, and one of the oldest and longest stone arch highway spans in Delaware.


Pratt trough truss bridge over Brandywine Creek on Rising Sun Road in Wilmington
Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware
Open to traffic
Built 1928; rehabilitated 1979
- Harrington, Howard & Ash of Kansas City, Kansas & New York, New York
- Standard Engineering & Contracting Co. of Toledo, Ohio
Riveted, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 123.0 ft.
Total length: 128.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.1 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.76944, -75.57639   (decimal degrees)
39°46'10" N, 75°34'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/450634/4402327 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Wilmington North
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory number
BH 12300 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 58.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 8, 2015: New Street View added by Andy Peters
  • October 7, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • March 15, 2009: New photos from Frank Danberg



Rising Sun Road Bridge
Posted February 1, 2011, by J.P.

The original bridge here was a covered bridge with a stone arch approach built in 1833. The covered bridge was replaced but the stone arch bridge approach is still there and open to traffic. Both bridges were recently worked on in 2009. So exactly how would you list that on here the stone arch is across a old mill race that has been filled in, and actually has its own NBI data........thoughts.

Rising Sun Road Bridge
Posted March 15, 2009, by Frank Danberg

Judging by condition when photographed, this bridge has been rehabilitated again in recent years (certainly some time in the last 10 years and well after 1979 as indicted under facts). The bridge deck is in good to very good condition. It is not posted so you should probably assume it is not structurally deficient although it may be functionally obsolete.