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Woodrow Wilson Bridge

Post by Corlyss_D » Sun May 14, 2006 1:41 pm

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When the Bridge was new

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Life with the old Bridge - God help you in snow storms

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The new Bridge

The minute I leave, they replace the bridge. Back in the early 80s when a local Md contractor won the bid to widen the perenniel bottleneck, my boss brought us regular reports and photos from the contractor, who lived in his neighborhood. It was a pretty spectacular job considering that the bridge could not be shut down during the process and the contractor finished early and underbudget - a rarity in government contracting.
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Post by jbuck919 » Sun May 14, 2006 2:06 pm

For those who do not know, this is the bridge on the Washington Beltway across the southern portion of the Potomac River. It has always been a suspension bridge, and famous and enormous backups were caused when the span was opened. Years ago, a much higher bridge was proposed, which would, alas, have in their own minds ruined the view of a handful of wealthy constituents (it would have done no such thing but rather ennobled the Washington area skyline). So instead we got a compromise. It is still a suspension span, only now the chances of being backed up are one in ten instead of one in five. Worth 17 billion dollars or whatever, don't you think?

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Post by Ralph » Sun May 14, 2006 8:01 pm

As stunningly beautiful as the bridge over the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.
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Post by Corlyss_D » Mon May 15, 2006 12:44 am

I was wondering if you remembered the Wilson Bridge from your days in Shirlington.
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Post by Ralph » Mon May 15, 2006 6:30 am

Corlyss_D wrote:I was wondering if you remembered the Wilson Bridge from your days in Shirlington.
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Yes. "Shirlington." Haven't heard that name in ages.
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Post by jbuck919 » Mon May 15, 2006 9:25 am

Ralph wrote:
Corlyss_D wrote:I was wondering if you remembered the Wilson Bridge from your days in Shirlington.
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Yes. "Shirlington." Haven't heard that name in ages.
It was named after one of the three daughters of Mr. Arling: Shirley, Rosslyn, and Crystal.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Mon May 15, 2006 10:54 am

jbuck919 wrote:
Ralph wrote:
Corlyss_D wrote:I was wondering if you remembered the Wilson Bridge from your days in Shirlington.
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Yes. "Shirlington." Haven't heard that name in ages.
It was named after one of the three daughters of Mr. Arling: Shirley, Rosslyn, and Crystal.
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You win another one.

John, what are going to do with all those Post of the Day Awards? :D
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Post by Corlyss_D » Mon May 15, 2006 10:56 am

Ralph wrote:
Corlyss_D wrote:I was wondering if you remembered the Wilson Bridge from your days in Shirlington.
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Yes. "Shirlington." Haven't heard that name in ages.
It's disappearing, just like Shirley Highway. Nobody calls it that or it's old US Highway number, 350, any more. It's 395.
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Post by Ralph » Mon May 15, 2006 2:10 pm

Corlyss_D wrote:
Ralph wrote:
Corlyss_D wrote:I was wondering if you remembered the Wilson Bridge from your days in Shirlington.
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Yes. "Shirlington." Haven't heard that name in ages.
It's disappearing, just like Shirley Highway. Nobody calls it that or it's old US Highway number, 350, any more. It's 395.
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I lived a couple of hundred feet from Shirley Highway on South Wayne off South Glebe. Ah, memories.
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Post by Ted » Mon May 15, 2006 2:56 pm

John Wrote:
It has always been a suspension bridge, and famous and enormous backups were caused when the span was opened. Years ago, a much higher bridge was proposed, which would, alas, have in their own minds ruined the view of a handful of wealthy constituents (it would have done no such thing but rather ennobled the Washington area skyline). So instead we got a compromise. It is still a suspension span, only now the chances of being backed up are one in ten instead of one in five. Worth 17 billion dollars or whatever, don't you think?
The last time I looked, a suspension bridge had cables and tall towers.....????

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Post by jbuck919 » Mon May 15, 2006 3:07 pm

Ted wrote:John Wrote:
It has always been a suspension bridge, and famous and enormous backups were caused when the span was opened. Years ago, a much higher bridge was proposed, which would, alas, have in their own minds ruined the view of a handful of wealthy constituents (it would have done no such thing but rather ennobled the Washington area skyline). So instead we got a compromise. It is still a suspension span, only now the chances of being backed up are one in ten instead of one in five. Worth 17 billion dollars or whatever, don't you think?
The last time I looked, a suspension bridge had cables and tall towers.....????
Duh. Obviously I meant a drawbridge. It is remarkable that nobody caught me on this before you did.

(The proper new WW Bridge would have been partly a suspenson span and that is probably what led me down the primrose path.)

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Post by Ted » Mon May 15, 2006 3:51 pm

Duh.

Anyway, it's water under the .....

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Post by Corlyss_D » Mon May 15, 2006 6:22 pm

jbuck919 wrote:It is remarkable that nobody caught me on this before you did.
I didn't read your post because it was aimed at people who didn't know the bridge or the area.
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