The new Woodrow Wilson Bridge…

The new bridge is being described by some as a thing of beauty. I drive The Bridge every day and based on what I’ve seen to date (you ALWAYS have time to look since traffic comes to a standstill), I’ll have to agree. As of yesterday we’re almost to the point of connecting VA and MD over the Potomac (two more spans, I believe). Maybe, just maybe those commercials for the WW Bridge Project on WTOP news are right (the one about being on time, on budget).

I recall that a while back, I read an article in some online publication (Wired, I think) where the author bemoaned the fact that the United States was behind in creating bridges of beauty, given the focus by other countries to build beautiful bridges (France, China, etc.). Methinks the author obviously wasn’t keyed into the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project.

Here’s a quote directly from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project website:

In the words of one of the jurors in this decision-making process, the winning entrant “… v-shaped piers look like Neptune’s hand reaching from the water to support the deck of the bridge.”…

and as if that wasn’t enough to convince you of the bridge’s beauty, here’s more…

A citizen at an open house commented that “the graceful, swooping lines of the repeated ‘faux arches’ had the appearance of several seagulls taking flight from the river.”

Wow, such compliments! The other thing about the new bridge that I find the most attractive is the proposal to add a pedestrian/bicycle lane, complete with bump outs for those who want to take in the views of the Potomac! The pedestrian lane would theoretically connect Old Town Alexandria to the new National Harbor being developed on the Prince Georges County side of the Potomac River – what a deal! Also in the proposal are middle lanes for the future HOV/HOT lanes as well as a center “lane” for Metro. Is it possible that Prince Georges County will now truly be connected to the commercial wealth of Northern Virginia???? Probably not, but we’ll see…

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