Best Practices for Border Bridge Incident Management

The objective of this project was to identify best practices for inter-jurisdictional operational procedures for bridges that cross borders between states and regional/local jurisdictions. The final report documents the process, methodology, lessons learned, and results of the inter-jurisdictional work that has been done between Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. regarding incident management on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge (WWB). Focus was placed on protocols for incident response, location, identification and verification; cross-border Dynamic Message Sign (DMS) coordination; bridge jumper protocol; quick clearance strategies; responder safety; towing guidelines; and coordination of weather-related or emergency maintenance services. The WWB is a drawbridge over the Potomac River within the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. Located on I-495/I-95, the bridge connects Northern Virginia (City of Alexandria) with Maryland (Prince George’s County). More than 200,000 vehicles per day cross the bridge and congestion is a daily problem. An effective incident management program is necessary for the WWB, which currently operates at capacity during peak travel periods and is classified in the top 10 high accident locations on the Capital Beltway. A new 12-lane bridge structure is currently being built to replace the original WWB. When the new WWB is completed, it will accommodate 300,000 vehicles per day on two parallel structures containing local, express, and HOV/transit lanes in both the northbound and southbound directions.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 89p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01049386
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 10 2007 2:21PM