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Augustine Cutoff Bridge (1885)


Where B & O R. R. crosses historic Brandywine River, at Wilmington, Del.

Boston Public Library

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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BH Photo #316477

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Wrought iron, pin-connected, Pratt-type truss superstructure mounted on granite masonry piers; originally served as bridge for the B&O Railroad.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Deck truss bridge over Brandywine Creek on Augustine Cutoff in Wilmington
Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1885 for B&O Railroad, replaced with stone arch bridge 1910; Converted to road bridge 1920; Pratt truss replaced with Warren truss 1980;
- Andrews & Locke of Baltimore, Maryland (Fabrication)
- Johns Riddle Sons & Co. (Substructure)
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (BO)
Pratt deck truss
Length of largest span: 164.1 ft.
Total length: 826.2 ft.
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.76111, -75.55667   (decimal degrees)
39°45'40" N, 75°33'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/452317/4401391 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Wilmington North
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory number
BH 12285 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 92.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 10, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added postcard & categories; corrected design from Fink deck truss to Pratt deck truss
  • May 4, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added builders & HAER imagery
  • May 3, 2018: Updated by Luke: Split entry
  • June 28, 2015: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Updated history
  • February 18, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • March 19, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • August 16, 2010: Updated by D. Thomsen: Brandywine Creek

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