Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Travel Tuesday : The Bridge


The new Woodrow Wilson Bridge crosses the Potomac River near where we live.  This was a replacement for an older bridge that was always congested, any minor traffic issue would back traffic up for miles.  An accident could close the main highway around the DC area for hours.  The new bridge was built in the early 2000's, opening around 2009.  

It is a drawbridge.  In theory to allow tall ships to pass, though few do.  We joke it is a drawbridge so Virginia can stop the invasion from Maryland. 

Bridges are wonderfully symbolic.  Bridges are connections, in this case connecting two states, and completing the circle route around the Capital city.  Drawbridges open to allow traffic, and at the same time break that connection - at least temporarily.  

This bridge is a marvel of engineering, and Jones Point Park provides a wonderful view of the underside, as traffic speeds by overhead.  We were married in that park. 


13 comments:

  1. That's quite an excellent shot. Nice when the underbelly of the bridge can look just as pretty as the main part.

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  2. Good to know Virginia has protection against Maryland’s aggression.

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    1. At times we wonder if we need it

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  3. I always marvel at the engineering on the underside of bridges.

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    1. This is a really neat one and the park offers great access.

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  4. Bridges are engineering marvels. I'm reminded of the tour I took of Tower Bridge in London one year. It was fascinating to see how the bridge is lifted and lowered.

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  5. What a moody and atmospheric shot!

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    1. I loved how I caught the sun between the spans

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  6. I love bridges. Whether large or small, their beauty always strikes me. Bridges are about connecting and learning about new communities. That's one of the joys of traveling, walking or driving across bridges, meeting people, and discovering new places. Beautiful photo!

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    1. There are a few major bridges I want to cross

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