I reside just a few miles from Arlington Memorial Bridge which hyperlinks Arlington, VA with Washington, DC throughout the Potomac river. The center span of the bridge was a drawbridge. Residing right here for 39 years, I by no means knew that there have been deserted places of work and drawbridge management rooms beneath the bridge.
4 million kilos of iron housed within the two piers on both facet of the draw span acted as counterweights and will elevate the 2 leaves vertical in only a single minute. Hidden from view contained in the bridge piers, the draw span management rooms solely popped into public view when the mechanism broke down and precipitated site visitors delays, which it did with some regularity.
Memorial raised its drawbridge for the ultimate time on February 28, 1961. The Theodore Roosevelt Bridge below building a 3rd of a mile upstream was a stable concrete construction, which eradicated the performance of Memorial’s draw span. Lastly in 1976, the leaves of the Memorial Bridge draw have been sealed, and the doorways to the management room locked for good.
Pictures: Elliot Carter