Arlington Memorial Bridge Rehabilitation

George Washington Memorial Parkway GWMP 11(4), 11(7)
A view of Arlington Memorial Bridge, looking east toward the Lincoln Memorial.

Looking east toward the Lincoln Memorial. (View full size image)

Project Description

The Arlington Memorial Bridge is a historic structure listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its significant architectural and engineering design as well as its symbolism and place within the Memorial Core of Washington, DC. The bridge, opened to traffic in 1932, was constructed as a memorial to American patriotism and those who have died in military service to the country, as well as a symbolic representation of the reconciliation between the Union and Confederacy following the Civil War by connecting the Lincoln Memorial with Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial. The bridge was designed by the famed architectural firm, McKim, Mead & White, and the innovative bascule span was developed by the Strauss Engineering Corporation to fit a working draw span into the monumental design. The bascule span was last opened over 50 years ago, and it is not anticipated to be reopened in the future. The mechanical equipment and original electrical system is are not operational. Modern electrical lines have been installed and are operational.

The Arlington Memorial Bridge is 2,162 feet long and 94 feet wide. The bridge consists of ten reinforced concrete arch approach spans and a double leaf bascule span at the bridge’s center. Eight of the ten approach spans convey the Potomac River under the bridge. Two smaller concrete arches span the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP) and Ohio Drive, SW at each end of the bridge. The bridge has sidewalks on each side measuring 13 feet 9 inches each, and the roadway measures 60 feet from curb to curb, providing six 10-foot-wide vehicle travel lanes.

This project includes the design and construction for the rehabilitation of the concrete approach spans, removal and replacement of the concrete deck, replacement of the bascule span at the center of the bridge, concrete repairs to the existing structure, rehabilitation of the bridge substructure, removal and resetting granite curb and railing, repairing and cleaning the bridge’s stone masonry and other miscellaneous work.

Diagram of the varying bridge spans (concrete, bascule, concrete).

Diagram of the varying bridge spans. (View full size image)

Design/Construction Schedule

This Design-Build project was awarded to Kiewit Infrastructure Co. on November 30, 2017. Design and minor repairs are expected to begin in early 2018 and major construction is expected to start fall 2018. The project is expected to be completed in late 2020.

Background Information

  • Construction completed in 1932
  • Historic structure
  • As-built plans exist – Several Construction Contracts
  • Movable Steel Truss Bascule Span
  • Total length of the bridge 2,162 feet
  • Bascule span:
    • 216 feet (Main Trunnion to Main Trunnion)
  • Approach Spans:
    • 10 Total (5 on each side of bascule)
  • Curb to curb: 60 feet (6 lanes)
  • Sidewalk width 13 feet 9 inches
  • Estimated water depth varies (10 feet to 30 feet)
  • Known Utilities (Survey Completed):
    • Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco)
    • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
    • Tunnel for submarine cable

Average Daily Traffic

  • Arlington Memorial Bridge
    • Total: 58,000 Vehicles Per Day
    • Eastbound: 31,000 VPD
    • Westbound: 27,000 VPD
  • Other Bridges in the Area
    • Key Bridge: 50,000 VPD
    • Roosevelt Bridge: 97,000 VPD
    • 14th Street Bridge: 225,000 VPD
Bridge deck and sidewalk of Arlington Memorial Bridge.

Bridge deck and sidewalk. (View full size image)

Resources

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Project Details
Project # GWMP 11(4), 11(7)
Project Name Arlington Memorial Bridge Rehabilitation
Location District of Columbia
Status In Development

Contact Information

Federal Highway Administration
Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division
21400 Ridgetop Circle
Sterling, Virginia 20166
(703) 404-6201