FHA Awards Delaware DOT $275,000 for High-Performance Concrete Deck

Federal Highway Admin. underwrites fixing Blackbird Creek bridge with advanced materials to get ‘a high-quality bridge and incentivize states to invest in the latest technologies’

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has received an award of $275,000 from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) to support replacement of a deficient bridge in Blackbird, Delaware.

DelDOT's contractor, Zack Excavating, will be replacing the bridge structure carrying Blackbird Station Road over Blackbird Creek beginning on Monday, August 7. The million-dollar project involves replacement of existing corrugated metal pipe arches with pre-stressed concrete box beams on concrete stub abutments and an overlay with ultra-high performance concrete overlay.

"By using advanced technologies, we can build a more modern and more sustainable bridge that is stronger and will require fewer repairs in the years to come," said U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), who serves as the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “The First State is leading the way by not just fixing the infrastructure of today, but by building the infrastructure of the future, and I'm pleased that the Federal Highway Administration is supporting our efforts."

U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester said, "Investing in new technologies in infrastructure is critical to the future of our country. I commend DelDOT for utilizing ultra-high performance concrete for the Blackbird Creek Bridge. This grant will help construct a high-quality, modernized bridge while incentivizing states to invest in the latest technologies on the market."

DelDOT press release on Blackbird Creek project