Del. Memorial Bridge to close briefly for ship passing

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The Delaware Memorial bridge is pretty tall– about 200 feet above the water– but  the span will be shut down for about half an  hour early Saturday morning for some big cargo to go under. Delaware River Basin Authority officials say the Zen Hua 16 should make it through with only about 4 – 9 feet to spare at low tide.

The ship is carrying a new kind of tall crane that’s one of the biggest in the world, bound for the Packer Terminal in Philadelphia. Officials say the bridge will be closed to all traffic while the ship sails by as a precaution and to prevent rubbernecking. The Zen Hua is anchored off Lewes until it heads up the river sometime on Saturday between 12:30 and 1:30 AM.