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Woodrow Wilson Bridge
Location Washington Metro Area
Project Sponsors Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA)
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT)
Federal Highway Administration
Mode Bridge
Description The Woodrow Wilson Bridge is a 1.1-mile bascule bridge over the Potomac River. It carries traffic from Interstate 95 and Interstate 495 between Alexandria, Virginia, and Prince George's County, Maryland. The bridge carries 12 lanes in total at full capacity. Ten of these lanes will be for automobile traffic. There is potential to accommodate mass transit over the bridge in the future by converting the final two of the lanes to Metro rail or BRT right-of-way. The bridge also contains a drawbridge section with 70 feet of clearance allowing ships to pass through to access the Washington D.C. region. Pedestrian and bicycle pathways are another feature of the new bridge. Currently, the Woodrow Wilson Bridge is the longest double leaf bascule bridge in the world.
Cost $2.524 billion (current cost to complete per the 2007 financial plan)
Funding Sources Federal funds (TEA-21) - $1,544 million
Virginia State commitment - $635 million
Maryland State commitment - $330 million
District of Columbia - $16 million
Project Delivery/
Contract Method
Private Partner None
Project Advisors/
Potomac Crossing Consultants
Joint venture of Parsons Brinckerhoff, URS, and Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP
Lenders Not Applicable
Duration / Status Bridge construction began in October 2000. The new outer loop span opened in June 2006, and the new inner loop span opened in June 2008. Construction including all interchange and approach work is scheduled to be complete in January 2014.
Financial Status Project funds have been committed.
Innovations Project was jointly funded by Maryland and Virginia
Related Links / Articles Woodrow Wilson Bridge 2010 Financial Plan Annual Update
Contacts Public Affairs Office
Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project
Tel: (703) 329-0300