Since the 1800s the iconic covered bridge has crossed the Brandywine River at Smith's Bridge Road. The bridge was damaged during the flooding that took place during Hurricane Ida in September of 2021. Water surged 20 feet above its current levels, carrying heavy debris down the River, some of which crashed into the bridge at high speeds, causing major damage. Eastern Highway was tasked with performing the repairs to this historic structure, focusing on repairing the damaged timbers and siding, while paying special attention to preserving the bridge's historic appearance.

Building a platform on the side of the bridge to access the damaged site

One of the challenges of this job was the height of the bridge. The impacted spot was twenty feet above the water line, requiring us to build platforms onto the side of the bridge.

We are happy to be in a position to respond quickly when historic structures in our community like Smith Covered Bridge experience unforeseen damage.

Eastern Highway has launched a advisory committee to study and develop a company wide environmental policy. The board consists of Charlie and Clair Field and is studying local and national trends in the construction industry so as to play a leading role in contributing to environmentally sustainable business growth.

After nearly 19 years of operations in leased space on Church St, Eastern Highway Specialists, is excited to be fully operational from our new location at 3604 Downing Drive, Wilmington, DE 19802 where we have built a new shop and office and have ample acreage for our collection of bridge and highway repair equipment.

The new site was competed in late September, as we gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration with employees and their families:

As of October 23rd, we are officially operational from 3604 Downing Drive Wilmington DE 19802.