P Street Bridge

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Coordinates: 38°54′35″N 77°03′01″W / 38.909588°N 77.050279°W / 38.909588; -77.050279

P Street Bridge, with Dumbarton Bridge in the background

The P Street Bridge or Lauzun's Legion Bridge is a 336-foot (102 m) concrete arch bridge that conveys P Street across Rock Creek and Rock Creek Park between the Georgetown and Dupont Circle neighborhoods of Northwest Washington, D.C.[1] The first bridge at this site was constructed in 1855 and was replaced in 1935 by the current structure.[2]

The bridge reopened on July 15, 2004, after a year-long, $3.5-million reconstruction project, the first since its completion in 1935.[3]


In June 2006, the Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission (2B) discussed a proposal to give the bridge a ceremonial designation to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the end of the American Revolutionary War.[4] On October 14, 2006, the P Street Bridge was ceremonially renamed Lauzun's Legion Bridge for Lauzun's Legion (French: Volontaires-etrangers de Lauzun), a specially constructed unit that was formed on March 5, 1780, from various detachments of the French Army and Navy commanded by Armand Louis de Gontaut, Duc de Lauzun at the Siege of Yorktown. Present at the renaming ceremony were French Ambassador Jean-David Levitte, Jacques Bossiere, and representatives of the D.C. Daughters of the American Revolution and D.C. Children of the American Revolution.[5]

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  1. ^ "Historic Bridges of the U.S. | P Street Bridge". Bridgehunter.com. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  2. ^ "Geographic Names Information System: P Street Bridge". Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  3. ^ Enter your Company or Top-Level Office (2004-07-20). "District Road & Bridge Openings and Closings - Traffic Advisories - District Department of Transportation". Newsroom.dc.gov. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ [2] Archived February 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

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