ZHEN HUA 25 to Navigate beneath Delaware Memorial Bridge on April 2
Traffic Flow on Twin Spans to be Temporarily Interrupted as Vessel Passes Below
NEW CASTLE, Del. At approximately 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, the ZHEN HUA 25, a heavy lift vessel which transported and unloaded two (2) new ship-to-shore (STS) cranes at the Port of Philadelphia, will navigate south beneath the spans of the Delaware Memorial Bridge. The ZHEN HUA 25 is destined for Wilmington, North Carolina where the third crane aboard the heavy lift vessel will be offloaded at the Port of Wilmington.
As a precaution and to eliminate driver distraction, the Delaware Memorial Bridge, both northbound and southbound, will be temporarily closed to all traffic for a period of approximately 30 minutes while the ship travels south. This temporary closure may take place sometime between 4:45 a.m. and 5:15 a.m. early Tuesday morning. Traffic delays are expected and motorists should plan accordingly.
The distance from the water level to the top of the cranes aboard the ZHEN HUA25 is 188 feet, 3 inches. Due to tides levels and the Delaware Memorial Bridge’s measured clearances, the vessel must travel under the spans during the period of low tide.
Both spans of the Delaware Memorial Bridge will reopen to traffic once the ZHEN HUA 25 clears the structures.
About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The DRBA, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, and the Forts Ferry Crossing. The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit www.drba.net.
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