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Love the name! And I love the story of the too-little-known heroine who may have changed the outcome of the entire Civil War.

Is it too late to move our bridge downstream of the railroad? Not only would it be a much better addition to the viewshed than the railroad bridge. It would also open up enough space so they could build both at once, which would surely be cheaper, and would get us the bridge faster, which has quantifiable value too.

It's not too late to move it downstream, but I think NPS's mind is made up. And I think the two can be built together regardless of whether it's up stream or downstream.

Wash -- I was relying on your quote, about "an additional 2 years of construction following the construction of the railroad bridge due to the space constraints between the new bridges and the Metrorail Bridge."

If our bridge were downstream, I assume the rail bridge would stay in the same spot, opening more room for construction. So we could argue for our preferred outcome, but on the basis of cheaper construction costs?

Oh I see. I do think the downstream bridge would be better when crossing the river, but it makes for a difficult connection with Long Bridge Park. They seem unclear on which would lead to a faster and/or cheaper construction process.

If they build the trail bridge upstream of the RR bridge it can essentially be an extension of the existing promenade on Long Bridge Park. If it were downstream they would need to somehow get the trail across the RR tracks in order to connect to the park

If our bridge were downstream, I assume the rail bridge would stay in the same spot, opening more room for construction. So we could argue for our preferred outcome, but on the basis of cheaper construction costs?

OTOH, railfans may appreciate having a bridge right at wheel height. 360 degree view of trains!

if you have a 360 degree view of trains while you're on a bridge, you're probably screwed

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