$50 million Christina River Bridge, road project opens


The Delaware Department of Transportation opened the Christina River Bridge and approach roads at the Wilmington Riverfront have opened to pedestrian, bicycle, and motor vehicle traffic at the end of June.

The new access roads and bridge improve multimodal traffic flow around the Wilmington Riverfront and will provide direct access to Route 13 and the southeastern side of Wilmington.

The riverfront area has been experienced difficulties in getting to major routes after large events. That was far less of a problem this year, due to Covid-19 restrictions that led to no big events at the Chase Center on the Riverfront and no Wilmington Blue Rocks games.

The project also allows an easier to the latest phase of riverfront redevelopment on Route 13. That area includes a Shoprite supermarket and the 76ers Fieldhouse.

The nearly $50 million project, which broke ground in June 2017, includes a 470-foot bridge over the Christina River that includes two 12-foot travel lanes and a separated 14-foot wide bicycle and pedestrian path, and more than one and a half miles of new and improved roads, sidewalks, and parking.

The new access road for the Russel W. Peterson Wildlife Refuge will begin construction later this summer.

An opening event will be announced in July.

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