Woodrow Wilson Bridge Replacement

This project replaced a functionally obsolete bridge over the Potomac River between Virginia and Maryland.


  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Virginia to Maryland, USA


  • Virginia Department of Transportation/Maryland State Highway Administration/Federal Highway Administration/ District of Columbia Department of Transportation

Project Status

  • Completed in 2013


  • American Council of Engineering Companies - Engineering Excellence Grand Award, 2009
  • American Society of Civil Engineers - Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award, 2008
  • Gustav Lindenthal Medal - Excellence in Bridge Engineering, 2009

Enhancing Mobility Between Communities

The dedication ceremony for the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge carried the theme: “A bridge completed, a region connected.” This multi-award- winning project replaced a functionally obsolete bridge on the Capital Beltway with two side-by-side, 1.4–mile-long draw spans carrying 12 lanes of traffic over the Potomac River between Virginia and Maryland.

WSP USA was the lead member of Potomac Crossing Consultants (PCC), a joint venture that served as general engineering consultant for program management, construction management and inspection. The project also involved reconstructing four adjacent interchanges, two in Virginia and two in Maryland, and redeveloping Jones Point Park, a National Park Service landmark underneath the new bridge. The program was delivered with 32 design-bid- build prime construction contracts, 15 of which were environmental mitigation contracts.

Key Numbers

7.5 miles 7.5 miles
12 12
Vehicles per day
200,000 200,000

Our responsibilities included the following:

  • Conducting the NEPA process and securing all of the project permits
  • Procurement and management of five section design consultants support for right-of-way Acquisition cost and schedule control
  • Creation of the nation’s first Financial Plan to comply with FHWA’s newly implemented Mega-project requirements
  • implementation of a corridor wide intelligent transportation system (ITS)
  • Creation and staffing of a project traffic operations center
  • Incident management and congestion management
  • Community relations and stakeholder involvement
  • Environmental compliance monitoring; partnering
  • Field inspection and quantity surveying
  • Material testing
  • Documentation control
  • Full-service construction management