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Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge

 
 
Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, June 7, 2009
1. Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge Marker
Inscription. [Center Panel]
This bridge is named in honor of Woodrow Wilson.

An early automobile enthusiast, he reportedly spent an average of two hours per day riding in his automobile to relax and “loosen his mind from the problems before him.” In 1916, he signed the Federal Aid Road Act, the first bill to provide federal funding for state highways. This Act and its successors transformed America’s dusty and muddy trails into the most advanced and comprehensive road network in the World.

“I tell you very frankly that my interest in good roads is not merely an interest in the pleasure of riding in automobiles...it is also the interest in weaving as complicated and elaborate a net of neighborhood and state and national opinions together as it is possible to weave.”
Woodrow Wilson, 1912 - 28th President of the United States
(Image courtesy of Bureau of Engraving and Printing.)

[Left Panel]
WOODROW WILSON MEMORIAL BRIDGE
Construction 2000-2008
George W. Bush, President

U.S. Department of Transportation
Mary E. Peters, Secretary

Federal Highway Administration
J. Richard Capka, Administrator

VIRGINIA
Timothy M. Kaine, Governor
David S. Ekern, Transportation Commissioner

DISTRICT OF
Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge Marker - Center Panel Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, June 7, 2009
2. Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge Marker - Center Panel
President Woodrow Wilson
COLUMBIA
Adrian M. Fenty, Mayor
Emeka C. Monomeme, Director, Department of Transportation

MARYLAND
Martin O’Malley, Governor
John D. Porcari, Secretary of Transportation

[Right Panel]
WOODROW WILSON MEMORIAL BRIDGE
Maryland State Highway Administration
[Seals of the State of Maryland and the State Highway Administration.]
Neil J. Pedersen - Administrator
Robert D. Douglass - Project Manager
Paul J. Gudelski - SHA Construction Manager
Michael D. Bonin - GEC Bridge Construction Manager
Earle S. Freedman - Director, Office of Bridge Development
Robert J. Healy - SHA Project Manager
Thomas E. Mohler - GEC Project Manager
General Engineering Consultants: Parsons Brinkerhoff, Inc. / URS Corporation / Rummel
Klepper & Kahl, LLP
Designer: Parsons Transportation Group

Construction of Virginia Approach Spans
Granite Construction, Inc.
Corman Construction, Inc.

Construction of Drawspan:
American Bridge Company
Edward Bridge Company
Edward Kraemer & Sons, Inc.

Construction of Maryland Approach Spans:
Edward Kraemer & Sons, Inc.
American Bridge Company
Trumbull Corporation

Dredging: Weeks Marine, Inc.
Foundations: Tidewater Skanska, Inc./Kiewit Construction Company/Clark Construction
Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge Marker - Left Panel Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, June 7, 2009
3. Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge Marker - Left Panel



 
Erected 2009 by State Highway Administration, Maryland.
 
Location. 38° 47.607′ N, 77° 1.513′ W. Marker is in Oxon Hill, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail (U.S. I-95) 0.8 miles west of Oxon Hill Road (State Route 414). Click for map. The marker panels are on the west side of Rosalie Island and are accessible from Maryland via the eastern entrance to the hiker/biker trail (west of Oxon Hill Road and north of National Harbor); or from Alexandria, Virginia via the western entrance to the trail, off S. Washington St./Mt. Vernon Hwy. (VA-400). Marker is in this post office area: Oxon Hill MD 20745, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crossing the River (a few steps from this marker); Shifting Sands: The Story of Rosalie Island (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Tale of Three Jurisdictions (approx. ¾ mile away in Virginia); The Race to Build Ships on Jones Point (approx. 0.8 miles away in Virginia); The Fitting-Out Dock (approx. 0.8 miles away in Virginia); Mountains of Materials and Massive Manpower
Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge Marker - Right Panel Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, June 7, 2009
4. Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge Marker - Right Panel
(approx. 0.8 miles away in Virginia); The Alexandria Ford Plant (approx. 0.8 miles away in Virginia); The Civil War and Battery Rodgers (approx. 0.8 miles away in Virginia). Click for a list of all markers in Oxon Hill.
 
Also see . . .
1. Woodrow Wilson Bridge. (Submitted on June 8, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Wilson Bridge Bike Path Opens. (Submitted on June 8, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Potomac River; Rosalie Island
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsGovernmentRoads & VehiclesWaterways & Vessels
 
<center>The Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award - 2008</center> Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, 2013
5.
The Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award - 2008
Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project
Maryland-Virginia
Awarded by the
American Society of Civil Engineers

Recently attached to lower east face of monument.

Woodrow and Edith Bolling Galt Wilson Photo, Click for full size
Library of Congress
6. Woodrow and Edith Bolling Galt Wilson
in automobile, inauguration day 1917.
Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, June 7, 2009
7. Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge
view from Rosalie Island, northeast of marker.
 
 
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