Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge, Newburg

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The Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge, also known as the Potomac River Bridge, is a 1.7mi, two-lane continuous truss bridge that spans the Potomac River between Newburg in Charles County, Maryland and Dahlgren in King George County, Virginia, United States. The bridge is narrow (one 11ft lane in each direction with no shoulders), steep (up to 3.75 percent grade), and has a reduced speed limit (50 mph on the main span, even slower through the toll gates and plaza). By contrast, the approach roads on both sides of the bridge feature four 12ft lanes (2 in each direction), full shoulders, and 55 mph speed limits. This combination forces vehicles to slow and merge as they cross the bridge, which often results in backups.
This two lane bridge carries U.S. Route 301, which is a spur of U.S. Route 1 and a popular north-south alternative for bypassing the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area and its frequently congested roads such as Interstate 95, Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway), and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge to the north along the Potomac River. The traffic growth/volume in Southern Maryland has led to congestion and delays, especially on holidays and weekends. In 2014, the bridge handled approximately 6.4 million vehicles, with a daily average of approximately 17,500.
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