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Near Bethany Beach in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Charles W. Cullen Bridge

Indian River Inlet

 
 
Charles W. Cullen Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Charles Quandt, September 9, 2017
1. Charles W. Cullen Bridge Marker
Inscription. The present inlet was formed in 1929 and was widened and stabilized by the Corps of Engineers from 1938-1940. The first three bridges that spanned the inlet were plagued by a series of failures due to environmental and meteorological conditions. Most recently, severe channel bed scour to depths in excess of 100 feet threatened the long-term stability of the last bridge. Design of the current bridge commenced in September 2008. Over the next three plus years, dedicated crews endured some of the most extreme weather events on record, while tirelessly advancing the design and construction of the bridge. A series of regional storms, hurricanes, tropical storm's, and blizzards resulted in numerous bouts with high winds, repeated flooding and even record-setting snowfalls. At one point during construction, the ocean reached the bay just south of where this plaque is. Just prior to completing construction on the 950 foot main span, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook the region and this bridge. Successfully withstanding each of these extreme events, this bridge was opened to traffic on January 20, 2012. It is the first to fully span the aggressive waters of the Indian River Inlet. The 152 cables stays, whose unique blue color was chosen by the public, and the 248 foot tall pylons, make this structure a unique and enduring landmark for Sussex County,
Charles W. Cullen Bridge from the north pedestrian walkway entrance. image. Click for full size.
By Charles Quandt, September 9, 2017
2. Charles W. Cullen Bridge from the north pedestrian walkway entrance.
Delaware.
 
Erected 2012.
 
Location. 38° 36.545′ N, 75° 3.832′ W. Marker is near Bethany Beach, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker can be reached from Coastal Highway (Delaware Route 1 at milepost 12), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Park in the North Inlet parking lot. Use the footpath to approach the bridge. Marker is on the sidewalk side of the New Jersey wall. Marker is in this post office area: Bethany Beach DE 19930, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shipwreck of the Faithful Steward (approx. 1.3 miles away); Indian River Life-Saving Station (approx. 1.7 miles away); Ocean View Delaware (approx. 4˝ miles away); Ocean View Presbyterian Church (approx. 4.6 miles away); Bethany Beach Loop Canal (approx. 4.7 miles away); Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church (approx. 4.7 miles away); Standing Guard (approx. 4.8 miles away); St. George's United Methodist Church (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bethany Beach.
 
Regarding Charles W. Cullen Bridge. This is the fourth bridge to span the Indian River Inlet.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsMan-Made Features
 
Charles W. Cullen Bridge Marker mounted on pedestrian side of bridge sidewall. image. Click for full size.
By Charles Quandt, September 9, 2017
3. Charles W. Cullen Bridge Marker mounted on pedestrian side of bridge sidewall.
Charles W. Cullen Bridge over Indian River Inlet image. Click for full size.
By Charles Quandt, September 21, 2017
4. Charles W. Cullen Bridge over Indian River Inlet
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2017, by Charles Quandt of Dewey Beach, Delaware. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 87 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 9, 2017, by Charles Quandt of Dewey Beach, Delaware.   4. submitted on October 3, 2017, by Charles Quandt of Dewey Beach, Delaware. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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