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Arlington Memorial Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted December 14, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Another thought.

The 1986 "rehabilitation" was likely when the machinery to open the bridge was disabled. An interesting use of the word rehabilitation, don't you think?

Arlington Memorial Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted December 13, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

I read the Washington Post story and now understand why such strange language is used. Editing is a lost art in todays news papers. The author said "inoperable" when 'non-operated' or unoperated would have been more correct. So sometime following the closure of the Potomac to high profile craft, the draw bridge was rendered inoperable.

Sloppy writing.

Arlington Memorial Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted December 5, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Ed, I am not the author of the language you are referencing. However I can confirm per the bridge inspection report that "The bridge is currently “locked” in the closed position and all of the electrical equipment has been dismantled." This includes bracing beams added underneath the counterweight. Operating the bridge would require removal of the bracing, and installation of new electrical (and maybe some mechanical) equipment. That said, the key features of this bridge which convey the Strauss design remain intact and these include: riveted truss leaves, Strauss' patented layout of trunnions and links for each leaf, and concrete counterweights. The photo here from the inspection report shows the counterweight bracing. All of this material has been released to the public as part of the replacement contract advertisement.

Arlington Memorial Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted December 5, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Would like to know why the bridge is inoperable but other bridges being too low is not the reason why this draw bridge is inoperable. It is why it is unneeded, why it stopped being operated but if it's inoperable than needs to be some mechanical or structural reason why it can't operate.

The fact that it hasen't needed to operate does not make it inoperable.

Arlington Memorial Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted December 4, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

To clarify the nature of the project, this now-awarded Design Build project (which has been discussed with little public consultation) involves the total demolition of the structural elements of the main bascule span... in short, complete loss of all structural elements that convey the bridge's patented Strauss trunnion bascule design. Only the decorative non-structural cladding from the bascule span will remain following the project. The riveted steel trusses which include v-lacing (and can be seen by anyone on a boat going under the bridge including tour boats), the double-trunnion bascule system (which remained in place despite the disuse) will be lost. The replacement structure is a fixed girder structure of completely different design. While the appearance of this bridge will remain similar (except for loss of riveted trusses) following the project, we should still be disappointed in the total loss of one of the finest and most significant Strauss bascule bridges in existence.

Contract Documents for the Design Build can be found here:

https://govtribe.com/project/arlington-memorial-bridge

Arlington Memorial Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted December 4, 2017, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Department of the Interior announces contract to repair bridge. This will replace the Strauss bascule span with a similar-looking fixed steel span. It hasn't been opened for a boat since 1961.

https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/under-budget-ahead-schedul...

14th Street Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted September 27, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

Since this drawbridge stopped operating in 1982, it's time to get this bridge replaced with no draw span.

14th Street Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted September 27, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

Since this drawbridge stopped operating in 1982, it's time to get this bridge replaced with no draw span.

W&GF - Foundry Branch Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted August 20, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

This old trolley trestle is planning for repairs of the former Glen Echo Streetcar line. Very old abandoned trolley tracks can cause the trolley trestle to collapse. For a rare reason, if you're not sure about this, a very old bicycle is stuck when the trolley stopped its operation.

Posted August 15, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

By my standards 1950 would at best qualify as "Kinda old".

Posted August 15, 2017, by Anonymous

"Very old"

Posted August 15, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

The very old swing bridge will be replaced with a 2021 arch bridge with no draw span.

Arlington Memorial Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted July 21, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am disappointed that the drawbridge doesn't function anymore. When the very old bridge had its final operation in the 1960's, this drawbridge will no longer open. But the drawbridge didn't had a traffic light or gates. I hope this bridge gets rebuilt as a replacement drawbridge.

Posted July 4, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

This drawbridge will be soon replaced with a new drawbridge but not now.

Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted May 23, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Its rare that I try to visit a bridge and hope to find it in a deteriorated condition, but I had hoped for that with this bridge so I could see the cast iron pipes where the concrete had fallen away. Alas, as frequently happens, I was too late. A visit to DC last weekend found this bridge undergoing what (I hope) rehabilitation. In either case, the arch barrel was covered in formwork. The cast iron pipes are probably concealed for another century now.

Dumbarton Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted February 11, 2017, by Pam Anderson (bluedandy1 [at] aol [dot] com)

I've heard that sometime during the late '20's or early '30's someone cut the tails off the buffalo on the bridge. Do you know anything about that?

Highway Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted February 12, 2015, by Luke

Actually, this was added in 2013, a full year before you made your entry in October 2014

Highway Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted February 12, 2015, by Douglas Butler

This bridge is already added.

Francis Scott Key Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted April 27, 2014, by a.noonie mis tip

Uhhhhhh....... there are 2 Francis Scott Key Bridges on Bridgehunter.

CSX Potomac River Swing Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted April 27, 2014, by Anonymous

Flew into nextdoor Reagan International yesterday. Nice bridge, didn't get a photo though.

Posted February 20, 2014, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV (LNER4472 [at] verizon [dot] net)

Read the description; that's exactly what happened.

Arizona Avenue Railway Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted July 17, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

If this was really a railroad bridge I think it would be hard to even consider the Pratt a 1909 structure, let alone the Whipple. By 1909, railroad bridges were far more massive than this. Could this be a bridge relocated and reused in this place in 1909?

Either way, an excellent find, I was unaware of this rare bridge in DC.

Arizona Avenue Railway Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted November 13, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge looks to be much older than dated.

The Pratt could be 1909 but the Whipple would be pre-1900.

Arizona Avenue Railway Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted November 13, 2011, by J.P.

Bridge has a curve built it. Not sure of the builder though. Here is a image from the deck where you can see the curve. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mvjantzen/248793397/

Foundry Branch Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted November 13, 2011, by J.P.

Bridge was added to most endangered list by the local historical group.

Wisconsin Avenue Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted June 30, 2011, by Anonymous

This bridge was built in 1831, not 1800, by Isaac McCord and Co. See the Historic Resource Study by Harlan D. Unrau at www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/choh/unrau_hrs.pdf

Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted March 7, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge is much more than is currently described here. Sealed within this bridge is one of only two cast iron deck arch bridges in the United States (the other of course is Dunlaps Creek Bridge in Brownsville, PA). The Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge is unique, as the cast iron tubular arches of this bridge were designed to carry water within themselves. In other words, the arch ribs of the bridge are water mains. According to HAER they still carry water, encased within the 1915 arch bridge. They are visible both in HAER documentation and in Google Street View.

Memorial Avenue Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted May 4, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This page is a double listing, here is the main page: http://bridgehunter.com/dc/washington/632IIII3300015P/

Memorial Avenue Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted October 23, 2009, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

Found this blog post with a photo of this bridge being built - just the formwork was up.

http://www.shorpy.com/node/7034

Memorial Avenue Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted October 23, 2009, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

whoops, looking again I see I'm not quite right. This page is for the smaller bridge; I believe this photo is of the larger neighboring bridge.

Memorial Avenue Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted October 23, 2009, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

Found this blog post with a photo of this bridge being built - just the formwork was up.

http://www.shorpy.com/node/7034