DelDOT: Indian River Inlet Bridge Project Quickly Progressing

Tue January 12, 2010 - Northeast Edition

BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) The Delaware Department of Transportation said work on the new $230 million Indian River Inlet Bridge is proceeding swiftly.

Officials said all pile drivings have been completed and work has begun on the approach foundations.

The new bridge design calls for a 2,600-ft. (792.5 m)-long bridge with a 900-ft. (274 m) span supported by cables.

The inlet was 25 ft. (7.6 m) deep when the existing bridge was built in 1965, but over time has deepened to 100 ft. (30.5 m) or more in some places. An estimated 24,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day during the summer.

It is the state’s second attempt at a new bridge over the inlet. The contract for the first bridge was abandoned and the bridge redesigned after fill dirt began to shift and slip in 2007.