http://zhurnaly.com/images/NWBT/Northwest_Branch_Bridge_over_creek.jpgAs part of highway I-495 (the Beltway ring road around Washington DC) this eight-lane bridge carries more than 200,000 cars and trucks daily. It arches high above Northwest Branch Trail, a stream-side path that I occasionally jog along. The span has the same steel deck truss design as the Minneapolis I-35W structure that recently collapsed into the Mississippi River.
Yesterday I ran downstream beside Northwest Branch and took photos of the bridge. On 1 Oct 2005 I carried a GPS with me and captured its coordinates for my collection. Here's a Google map/image: 39:01:03N 76:59:39W.http://zhurnaly.com/images/NWBT/Northwest_Branch_Bridge_south.jpg
http://zhurnaly.com/images/NWBT/Northwest_Branch_Bridge_underside.jpgFrom below the bridge an enigmatic graffiti is faintly visible on top of the northern concrete beam. It reads: "VIRGINIA MARRY ME JACK A/D". Hmmmm!

TopicPersonalHistory - TopicScience - TopicRunning - TopicHumor - 2007-08-12

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