A Tale of Two Bridges
Bridges typically exceed their useful life span after 50 years and need replacement.
The District of Columbia’s Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge is 68 years old.
The American Legion Memorial Bridge is approaching 60.
The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge carries 70,000 vehicles per day.
The American Legion Memorial Bridge more than 220,000 vehicles per day.
The District’s Congresswoman worked for a decade to obtain $200m in federal funds to replace the Douglass Bridge. Maryland and Virginia leaders have secured no funding for an American Legion Bridge replacement.