Symbolically connecting the North and the South, the Bridge was constructed in 1932, crossing the Potomac River between the Lincoln Memorial and Arlington Cemetery.
The Memorial Bridge, of neoclassical design, contains a center bascule span, or drawbridge. Counterweights are housed below the bridge’s deck surface to raise and lower the center span.
This iconic bridge, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, plays several important roles:
- It serves as a significant vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian route for commuters, residents, visitors, and dignitaries on a daily basis;
• It is one of only five bridges connecting Virginia and the District of Columbia across the Potomac River;
• It is part of the National Highway System,carrying more than 68,000 vehicles each day, in addition to thousands of bicyclists and pedestrians;
• The Memorial Bridge is a vital route identified in the Washington, D.C. emergency evacuation plan.