Naval Academy Bridge

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U.S. Naval Academy Bridge
Coordinates 38°59′34.58″N 76°29′14.47″W / 38.9929389°N 76.4873528°W / 38.9929389; -76.4873528
Carries MD 450
Crosses Severn River
Locale Annapolis, Maryland
Other name(s) Naval Academy Bridge
Maintained by Maryland State Highway Administration
Opened 1994; 21 years ago (1994)

The U.S. Naval Academy Bridge is a bridge that crosses the Severn River in Annapolis, Maryland. It is located downriver from the Severn River Bridge and adjacent to the United States Naval Academy. Its predecessor, a bascule bridge, once served as the main point of entry into Annapolis from both Ritchie Highway and the ferry to the Eastern Shore prior to the construction of the John Hanson Highway and the current Severn River Bridge. In 1994, the bascule bridge was replaced with the current crossing. The bridge's design was the winning entry of a bridge design competition, and was officially named the U.S. Naval Academy Bridge in honor of the Naval Academy's 150th anniversary [1]. The Naval Academy Bridge serves as part of Maryland Route 450 and provides an alternative entrance to the Naval Academy, avoiding downtown Annapolis. It is commonly referred to as "Oh Shit Bridge" by Midshipmen, as the Academy Chapel is seen when a car crests the bridge and the midshipman in question typically utters the phrase above.

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