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Summit Bridge (1927)


Chesapeake & Dalaware Canal Bridge

Cleveland State University Library Photograph Collection

Phoenix Bridge Co

Photo taken by Douglas Butler


BH Photo #375781


Although many lift bridges were similar in design in 1926 along the canal including the Chesapeake city lift bridge, the St. Georges lift bridge, the second of 3 railroad bridges, and the Reedy Point bridge, this bridge stood out and can be identified in photos as being the only of the bridges with three arches. This may have been due to the bridge spanning the "deep cut" section of the canal, which when the canal was made sea level after the locks were removed, was the deepest and subsequently widest crossing.


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Chesapeake & Delaware Canal on Summit Bridge Road
Chesapeake City, New Castle County, Delaware
Built in 1927; replaced by a new bridge in 1959
4 of 5 summit bridges to exist, one of several lift bridges added after the removal of the canal locks in 1926
- J.A.L. Waddell of Port Hope, Canada
- Phoenix Bridge Co. of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Pratt through truss vertical lift
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.54172, -75.72596   (decimal degrees)
39°32'30" N, 75°43'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/437619/4377146 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Georges
Inventory number
BH 62124 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 5, 2022: Updated by Connor Thomas Cadogan: some history for the bridge is given and pictures added
  • November 2, 2019: Updated by Douglas Butler: updated
  • January 13, 2017: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 30, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler


  • Douglas Butler