Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Bridge has been renamed by the Delaware Department of Transportation to the Senator William V. Roth Bridge. When it opened in 1995, it was the first concrete segmental cable-stayed bridge in the northeast United States. The innovative design concepts in this bridge achieved an economical solution by saving $6.2 million in alternate bid designs and resulted in an aesthetically pleasing bridge that has earned twelve design awards, including the 1995 Harry H. Edwards Award from the Precast Concrete Institute, recognizing innovative use of concrete.
The PCI jury noted that the bridge
“…contains an innovative delta frame concept that reduces the size of the main-span and back-span boxes...By keeping the same precast concrete box section in both approach spans and main spans, weights and construction costs were significantly reduced.”
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