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Central Avenue Bridge


Photo taken by Daniel McFarland


BH Photo #132689


Street Views 


Bascule bridge over Broad Creek on Central Avenue in Laurel
Sussex County, Delaware
Intact but closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Demolition underway as of October 2018
Built 1923; rehabilitated 1992
- Keller & Harrington of Chicago, Illinois
Length of largest span: 65.0 ft.
Total length: 89.9 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.9 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.55861, -75.57167   (decimal degrees)
38°33'31" N, 75°34'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/450192/4267951 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
Delaware S-151
BH 12307 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 27.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 31, 2019: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • October 24, 2018: New photos from Timothy and Joann Phillips
  • July 26, 2016: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • November 30, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • April 19, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • January 28, 2009: New photo from Daniel McFarland



Central Avenue Bridge
Posted January 13, 2010, by Anonymous

This bridge is the same design as the Rehoboth Road bridge on Business Route 1 in Milford, DE. I looked at the Wisconsin bridges and look to be the same.

This is a Scherzer rolling lift bascule bridge designed by the Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Company. The designer for the Milford bridge was Keller and Harrington. Keller and Harrington were former Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge company employees.

This bridge no longer operates and the one in Milford operates only a few times a year.

Central Avenue Bridge
Posted November 16, 2009, by Robert Thompson (rkt [dot] engineering [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge looks remarkably similar to the Eureka WI Fox River bridge and the Kewaunee WI bridge. It seems to have been a stock design to allow navigation for smaller vessels.

Central Avenue Bridge
Posted July 24, 2008, by Anonymous

This bridge no longer operates.