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Massachusetts Avenue Bridge

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SOUTHWEST ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTH FROM PARKWAY

Historic American Engineering Record, creator

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BH Photo #449168

Map 

Description 

Significance: This bridge, on axis with Massachusetts Avenue, replaced an earth-fill crossing that had been constructed in 1901; it was breached by a culvert through which a narrow two-lane road later passed. That viaduct constricted the traffic flow of the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway and obstructed the open-valley landscape. The design of the new bridge allowed the parkway to pass underneath its large arch, and it harmonized with the pre-existing bridges over Rock Creek.

Facts 

Overview
Concrete arch bridge over Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway on Massachusetts Avenue
Location
Washington, District of Columbia
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1939; rehabilitated 1998
Builder
- Harrington & Cortelyou of Kansas City
Design
Closed spandrel deck Arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 189.0 ft.
Total length: 386.2 ft.
Deck width: 49.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.91770, -77.05820   (decimal degrees)
38°55'04" N, 77°03'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/321562/4309657 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Washington West
Inventory numbers
DC 114 (District of Columbia bridge number)
BH 12250 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 6, 2019: Photo imported by Clark Vance
  • May 4, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated GPS and info.