Now and Thankfully Never: Three Sisters

Today at Now and a Long Time Ago, GM is switching it up to be Now and Thankfully Never. That’s because he overlaying on today an image that never came to be and hopefully never will: Three Sisters Bridge

This proposed (and partially built) bridge was to connect Spout Run in Arlington with a new freeway running along Canal Rd. that would merge into the Whitehurst. It was part of an ambitious and misguided effort to cut through DC with a whole network of highways. Thanks to heroic efforts of civic activists from across the city, the project was halted before it could come to complete fruition. (We still ended up with I-295 through southwest DC and the stub center leg freeway, both of with destroyed several neighborhoods).

GM could summarize the highway plans and the fight that ended them, but it’s already been done better than he could, so read it here.

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