New bridge will replace damaged Rocky Run Bridge in Brandywine Creek State Park
DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
WILMINGTON (July 20, 2015)
DNRECâ€™s Division of Parks and Recreation has announced that construction of a new bridge will begin this month to replace the historic Rocky Run Bridge in Brandywine Creek State Park. The construction work will continue through Jan. 2016. Due to the age of the historic Rocky Run Bridge and the damage it sustained following Hurricane Sandy, the decision was made to replace it with a new bridge just upstream from the original bridge. The stone abutments from the original bridge will remain in place as a landscape feature.
Following Hurricane Sandy in Oct. 2012, the original Rocky Run Bridge was closed. Subsequent flood waters also weakened the bridgeâ€™s support structure, causing it to be declared unsafe for any use, including foot and cycling traffic.
Currently, a temporary bridge is open to pedestrians and cyclists. The temporary bridge will remain open during the construction of the new bridge. When the new bridge opens, the temporary bridge will be removed.
The Rocky Run Bridge is a part of the Creek Road Trail on the east side of the Brandywine River and serves as the link between the parkâ€™s Rockland Road and Thompsons Bridge parking areas.
During the construction, park visitors are asked to use caution in the area. Some trails from the Thompsons Bridge and Rockland Road parking lots. Areas around the Rocky Run Bridge will also require short term closures during the construction.