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The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Bridge for the Future

George Washington Memorial Parkway

 

National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior

 
A Bridge for the Future Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 12, 2019
1. A Bridge for the Future Marker
Inscription.  For the past six years, the NPS has been making temporary repairs to the bridge while planning a full rehabilitation. In February 2016, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) informed the NPS that despite these emergency repairs, without a complete rehabilitation, the accelerated deterioration of the concrete road deck would require a full bridge closure in 2021.

In 2017, it was announced that $227 million has been awarded for the National Park Service to rehabilitate Arlington Memorial Bridge.

The ongoing construction work will replace the drawbridge span, rehabilitate the concrete approach spans, and replace the concrete deck. Workers will protect the bridge's historic appearance by removing, rehabilitating, and then resetting the stone curbs and light posts. The metal fascia that conceals the span and the stone statuary will be cleaned and restored. In addition, parts of the original machinery and control mechanisms that served the historic drawbridge span will be retained.

The historic stone and metal cladding will be rehabilitated and the existing draw span will be replaced with variable depth steel girders.
A Bridge for the Future Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 12, 2019
2. A Bridge for the Future Marker
The new structural steel will significantly extend the useful life of the bridge and reduce maintenance costs.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 53.191′ N, 77° 3.486′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Independence Avenue Southwest 0.7 miles west of Lincoln Memorial Circle Southwest, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2912 Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington DC 20418, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rehabilitating a National Treasure (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); A National Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Hiker (approx. 0.4 miles away in Virginia); Seabees ~ Can Do (approx. 0.4 miles away in Virginia); 4th Infantry (Ivy) Division (approx. 0.4 miles away in Virginia); John Ericsson Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Alaska and Hawaii (approx. 0.4 miles away); Richard Evelyn Byrd (approx. half a mile away in Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 12, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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