Contact: Paul Nicholson, Division of Parks & Recreation, 302-739-9228, or Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Brandywine Creek State Park permanently closes
Creek Road/Rocky Run Bridge as unsafe for any use
WILMINGTON (April 7, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation has permanently closed the Rocky Run Bridge within Brandywine Creek State Park after damage to the bridge from Superstorm Sandy and subsequent flood waters weakened its support structure and made the bridge unsafe for any use, including foot and cycling traffic.
The bridge is a part of the Creek Road Trail on the east side of the Brandywine River, and serves as the link between the park’s Rockland Road and Thompson’s Bridge parking areas.
Since the bridge’s underpinning sustained initial damage during Sandy in October of 2012, it had been limited to pedestrian use only. With subsequent damage from flooding, “Its integrity for any use was deemed as unsafe,” said Parks & Recreation Operations Administrator Paul Nicholson. He said that bikers and pedestrians at Brandywine Creek State Park should be aware that there is currently no other dry crossing over Rocky Run, and plan their trail visits accordingly.
An alternative crossing in the same vicinity – to be built outside the flood plain – will be designed and constructed when funding is available, Nicholson said.
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