A Look at Metro DC’s Crumbling Highways and Bridges

WTOP, in the second part of its “Crumbling Capital” series, looks at the condition of metro DC highways and bridges. “A chunk of concrete falls off a crumbling bridge, slamming into a car windshield; there are weight limits on a major Potomac River crossing; and a busy commuter route is closed for months. These are just a few examples of the region’s disintegrating and underfunded transportation infrastructure.” The station observes that the capital city’s Arlington Memorial Bridge “is emblematic of the nation’s infrastructure challenges. Last year, the National Park Service warned that without funding for significant rehabilitation, the structure would need to be shut down by 2021 for safety reasons. Its facade appears elegant on the outside, but the bridge’s innards are withering away.”