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Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge



Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge

US 301 northbound going onto the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge.

Photo taken by Ian Ligget in April 2010



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The Nice Bridge replacement is one of two huge transportation projects shelved by {Md. Governor] Hogan during his first year in office. . . .

Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn told The Baltimore Sun that the existing bridge is sound enough to serve travelers until it is more than 100 years old, reversing the authority's position under Gov. Martin O'Malley. Under the Democratic governor, Maryland had set aside more than $50 million for design and engineering of a new, wider bridge with the expectation that construction would begin soon after 2020.

Rahn said the old span doesn't carry enough traffic 18,000 vehicles a day to justify its replacement with a four-lane crossing. He also said the bill would violate the trust agreement between the authority and its bondholders by diverting money from maintaining and operating existing facilities. That, he said, could expose the state to a lawsuit.


Through truss bridge over Potomac River on US 301 connecting King George County, Va., and Charles County, Md.
Charles County, Maryland
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Legislative fight over bridge's replacement under way
Built 1939; rehabilitated 1984
- Cianbro Corporation of Pittsfield, Maine (Rehab)
"Arch Cantilever" style cantilever through truss with Wichert deck truss approach spans.
Length of largest span: 799.9 ft.
Total length: 10,050.4 ft. (1.9 mi.)
Deck width: 24.6 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Also called
Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge
Potomac River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.36121, -77.00011   (decimal degrees)
38°21'40" N, 77°00'00" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/325252/4247786 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 19642 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 05/2013)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 46.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)

Update Log 

  • March 12, 2016: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge not yet "doomed"
  • December 21, 2015: Updated by Andy Peters: adds King George County, Va.
  • July 8, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • December 9, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Approach spans are Wichert trusses.
  • July 9, 2014: New photo from Andrew Raker
  • August 5, 2010: New photos from Ian Ligget
  • April 19, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Bridge may be at risk for demolition.