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CSX - Long Bridge

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Long Bridge Swing Span

Since the I-395 bridge was built just upstream, the swing section has not functioned. The guard piers that protect the swing span when open have apparently been removed.

Photo taken by Robert Thompson in February 2011

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BH Photo #194032

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Boat Passing Under Bridge(s)

Dave Goldsmith via Facebook, used with permission

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Description 

Built 1902-04 with truss spans adapted for reuse from previous bridge (possibly at Trenton, NJ), except for new swing span. Rebuilt substantially 1942-43 with additional piers added and two steel plate girder spans replacing each iron truss span, except for swing span.

Facts 

Overview
Through truss and girder bridge over Potomac River on CSX Railroad
Location
Washington, District of Columbia, and Arlington County, Virginia
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Project for replacement underway: see http://longbridgeproject.com
History
Built 1904; majorly rebuilt 1942-43 with girder spans replacing truss spans except for swing span
Railroads
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Commuter Rail
- Virginia Railway Express (VRE)
Design
Non-functioning swing span in navigation channel of the river. Swing span last opened November 7, 1967 and March 3, 1969.
Also called
CSX - Longbridge Swing Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.87407, -77.03876   (decimal degrees)
38°52'27" N, 77°02'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/323139/4304777 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Alexandria
Elevation
20 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 48195 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 8, 2018: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Long-term replacement project in process
  • October 7, 2018: Photo imported by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • October 4, 2018: New video from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • February 25, 2018: Updated by Amanda: Nobody calls it the CSX Potomac River Bridge... I’ve always heard either “Long Bridge” or “Longbridge Swing Bridge”
  • January 21, 2018: Photo imported by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • February 6, 2017: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Additional history added
  • September 16, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Riveted"
  • September 16, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • August 22, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 16, 2012: New Street View added by Jared Mixson
  • February 20, 2011: Added by Robert Thompson

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Comments 

CSX Potomac River Swing Bridge
Posted April 27, 2014, by Anonymous

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