Latest victim of Hurricane Sandy? Historic Delaware bridge

 The impact of Hurricane Sandy and flooding in the subsequent weeks damaged the foundation of the bridge. (photo courtesy DNREC)

The impact of Hurricane Sandy and flooding in the subsequent weeks damaged the foundation of the bridge. (photo courtesy DNREC)

Nearly three years after being damaged by Hurricane Sandy, the Rocky Run Bridge in Brandywine Creek State Park will be torn down.

The historic bridge was initially damaged in October 2012. The structure suffered more damage due to flood waters following the hurricane. Park officials closed the bridge after it was declared unsafe for any use, including foot or bicycle traffic.

A temporary bridge was put in place to carry walkers and bikers over the Brandywine River and will remain open as the old bridge is replaced. When the new bridge opens in January, the temporary bridge will be removed. 

The bridge had been part of the popular Creek Road Trail and was the link between the park’s Rockland Road and Thompson’s Bridge parking areas.

The stone abutments that were a major feature of the original bridge will be retained as a landscape feature. The new bridge will be built just a bit upstream from the old structure.

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