Coastal Club Vehicular Bridge – Lewes, DE

York Bridge ConceptsDelaware, Multiple Span, Vehicular Bridges

Coastal Club Timber Vehicular Bridge | Lewes, DE | York Bridge

Project Details

Situated near the Southern Delaware Atlantic Coastline’s desirable beachfront and vibrant shopping destinations is the only luxury master planned residential community of Coastal Club. This amenity-rich resort development is laced within a mature natural landscape featuring wooded trails, community gardens, and sparkling water views. Our two-lane vehicular bridge with pedestrian walkway was used to curve through a sensitive wetland to provide access to the Nantucket neighborhood.  This multiple span design spans 190 linear feet and offered an environmentally sensitive & low impact connection, in lieu of, a proposed culvert.

The DeceroTM Design Team was inspired by the crisp coastal architecture, bold nautical themed accents, and peaked red roof tops reminiscent of classic lighthouses. The team was tasked with carefully designing a structure to coast through the wetland, over a stream, and divert water across the entire bridge surface away from the walkway. Focused on function and beauty this DeceroTM Design flows with the landscape and subtlety rises above the stream. The design also features a stunning selection of York Timber Protective SystemsTM. A DOT Epoxy Aggregate driving surface is flanked by hearty rough sawn timber rails with diagonal accents saturated in dark oak translucent-oil and topped with a special pop of red custom fabricated metal post caps. The pedestrian walkway features a sleek wire rope rail design and a light almond textured polymer coated deck surface. This one of a kind design leaves absolutely no detail untouched.

On-site, the YBC Construction Team faced both limited ground access and only one point of entry, inhibiting the traditional two-sided approach necessary to set glue-laminated beams. The challenge was to maintain a top-down construction method and gain access to both ends of the free span. In response, the crew utilized a creative temporary bridge solution by laying down several available 65-foot pilings over the crossing’s piling bents. This temporary bridge allowed the team to transport necessary materials without impact to the stream and complete construction.

After construction, the bridge properly seasoned in the climate until the return of our second YBC field team, specialized in our York Bridge ServicesTM and York Timber Protective SystemsTM. This crew inspected the bridge, performed general maintenance, and protected the surrounding sensitive environment before adding the final layers to the Coastal Club’s Decero Designed Bridge.

The Schell Brothers opted for a bridge that connected them to over 70 additional properties in the Coastal Club community and a second partnership with York Bridge. This decision added over $22 million dollars in home sales to their master plan, minimized impacts to the environment, and helped fulfill the picturesque vision they established for this community.

CAD Resources

Multiple Span Vehicular

Single Lane

Double Lane

Double Lane w/Pedestrian

Double Lane w/Pedestrian (Long Spans)


  • Vehicular Width:
  • 26′ (24′ 5″ clear)
  • Pedestrian Width:
  • 5’10”
  • Length:
  • 190′
  • Height:
  • 7′ above grade
  • Capacity:
  • HS 20-44 & 85 PSF
  • Construction:
  • Deck Level
  • Span Type:
  • Multiple Span
  • Span Lengths:
  • (11) 13′-15′, (1) 34′
  • Material:
  • CCA/CA-C Treated Southern Yellow Pine
  • Foundation:
  • SYP Timber Piles & Abutments (Acrylic/Polymer Coated where exposed)
  • Stringers:
  • SYP Rough Sawn Timber & Glulam Stringers (Translucent Coated where exposed)
  • Vehicular Deck System:
  • Epoxy & Aggregate 6” Double Timber Deck
  • Pedestrian Deck System:
  • Textured Polymer Surfaced
    1-½” Timber Deck
  • Guard Rail:
  • Decero™ K-Style Design Series
  • Handrail:
  • Decero™ Wire Rope Design Series
  • Crossing:
  • Flood Plain
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