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Old Stanton Christiana Road Bridge


Photo taken by Doug Kerr


BH Photo #334823



This is an arch bridge that is no longer open to vehicular traffic, but still allows pedestrians. A concrete tied arch bridge that was built over the White Clay Creek in Stanton in 1941, it was closed around 1985 as a modern span was built for DE 4/DE 7.

More information found at: http://www.roadsites.org/losthwy/de-004_007.html

According to the Historic Bridge Inventory, this bridge replaced a six panel pin-connected Pratt through truss.


Marsh arch bridge on DE Route 4 / DE Route 7
Stanton, New Castle County, Delaware
Open to pedestrians only
- Delaware State Highway Department (Design)
- J. A. Bader Co. of Wilmington, Delaware (Contractor)
Rainbow arch (concrete bowstring/tied arch bridge)
Length of largest span: 125.0 ft.
Also called
State Bridge NC-246
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.70731, -75.65249   (decimal degrees)
39°42'26" N, 75°39'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/444066/4395475 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Newark East
Inventory number
BH 68836 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 10, 2016: New photo from Nathan Myers
  • August 11, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: Refined bridge type, added dimensions and builders.
  • August 11, 2015: Added by Doug Kerr


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  • Nathan Holth
  • Nathan Myers - nathanmyers94 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Old Stanton Christiana Road Bridge
Posted August 11, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I reviewed the Delaware Historic Bridge Inventory and refined the bridge type. This is a REALLY late example of a rainbow arch. It is reinforced by rods (rebar) and functions as a tied arch (bottom chord is a tension member, and the arches do not thrust into abutments), so is not a "Marsh" variety of rainbow arch. Rainbow arches designed as tied arches were popular in Ontario, Canada, where they are commonly called concrete bowstring bridges.