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Charles Emerson Bridge. Newark, DE.

WRA is designing a bicycle and pedestrian bridge to honor the long-time director of the City of Newark, Delaware’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Under the Delaware Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternatives Program, WRA developed a conceptual design – and is currently preparing construction documents – for a new bicycle and pedestrian bridge over White Clay Creek. The site has a number of constraints including wetlands, floodplain, an adjacent road bridge that is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, and the creek’s designation as a National Wild and Scenic River. Constructability will also be a challenge, as the site is crisscrossed by overhead electric lines. To address these constraints, WRA developed a conceptual design for a 230-foot single-span prefabricated truss to eliminate the need for a permanent pier in the creek. 

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