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Odessa Bridge


Appoquinnimink River Bridge

Fixed in place

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in April 2013

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)


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BH Photo #301265


The Odessa Bridge is a steel plate girder, bobtail swing bridge that rotates on a center bearing, appropriate to a relatively short light span. The bobtailed swing form is relatively unusual, and the Odessa Bridge is one of two remaining historic bobtail bridges in the state. The Odessa Bridge replaced an earlier, cable-stayed metal truss swing bridge. The Odessa Bridge exemplifies the continuing expansion and improvement of the road network under the auspices of the New Castle County Engineer's Office prior to the Delaware Department of Transportation assumption of responsibility for construction and maintenance of all local and state roads in 1935.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Deck plate girder bridge over Appoquinnimink River on Delaware State Route 299 Main Street Road
Odessa, New Castle County, Delaware
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1929; Replaced 1991
Deck plate girder swing
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.45296, -75.65514   (decimal degrees)
39°27'11" N, 75°39'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/443633/4367248 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 63592 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built 1929 (1,070)
Built during 1920s (10,328)
Deck girder (6,398)
Delaware (164)
Girder (11,346)
HAER documented (1,132)
Lost (29,987)
Lost 1991 (331)
Lost during 1990s (4,176)
Movable (3,156)
New Castle County, Delaware (113)
Odessa, Delaware (1)
Owned by state (16,649)
Plate girder (8,875)
Replaced by new bridge (20,401)
Swing (1,591)

Update Log 

  • December 29, 2014: HAER photos posted by Dave King
  • October 12, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler


  • Douglas Butler
  • HAER DE-28 - Odessa Bridge, Spanning Appoquinimink River at Main Street (State Road No. 299), Odessa, New Castle County, DE