Monday, April 10, 2017

1950 Inlet Bridge Closure


Major Justus B. Naylor of Lewes, Sussex county highway division engineer, gave notification that the Charles W. Cullen Bridge at Indian river will be closed to all traffic , Wednesday, May 24, 1950, but would open May 27 to June 1, temporarily , for Memorial Day traffic, then be closed again for many months.

The bridge, 10 miles south of Rehoboth, was damaged in February 1948 by ice flows. Repairs were made then to allow one way traffic to cross with the aid of a traffic light.

The closure will necessitate a 32 mile detour from Rehoboth by route 24 to Millsboro, 113 to Dagsboro, then east on route 26 to Bethany Beach. The miles increase for the 12 mile trip by 20 miles.

The most seriously effected are the Army Artillery troops stationed at Fort Miles who are in the midst of spring and summer anti aircraft practice at Bethany Beach. 

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