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Pedestrian bridge to Brown’s Island opens up on Friday

The official name is the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge aka Dam Walk Bridge but whatever the name it’s a great addition to the city.

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On both a professional and personal level I’ve been religiously following progress on the Potterfield Memorial Bridge which will provide another pedestrian/cycling link from Southside to Brown’s Island. After lots of discussion, a few minor delays involving spawning fish, the work is finally done and this Friday, December 2nd at 5:45 PM we’ll be able to walk across the river directly to Brown’s Island. I predict that it will quickly become the “go-to” spot for photos of Richmond.

From the Southside you can reach the bridge near the Manchester climbing wall.

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Official word from the city:

The City of Richmond announced today that it will officially open the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge (TTPMB) on Friday, December 2, in conjunction with the annual downtown Grand Illumination festivities that are planned.

Mayor Jones will be joined by City officials for the official opening of the bridge on Friday, December 2, 2016, at 5:45 p.m. Officials will cut the ribbon and illuminate the bridge at 6:00 p.m. The event will be held on Brown’s Island at the northern end of the TTPMP where it connects with the Three Days in April Bridge. The site can be reached from Tredegar Street near South 5th Street.

The T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge is a Priority 1 Project under the Richmond Riverfront Plan which was advanced by the Jones Administration. The bridge project spans the James River, between the 9th Street (Manchester) Bridge and the Lee Bridge. The TTPMB is roughly aligned with 5th Street in the central business district across the river to the Manchester Climbing Wall. The project objective is to establish a universally accessible shared use pedestrian and bike (non-motorized) path connecting both sides of the river.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Photos: Faces of a Parade

We took some traditional parade photos but have decided to go a little more intimate and focus on the faces you see during the Dominion Christmas Parade.

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Virginia launches expanded rail service from Richmond to Washington and New York City

The Amtrak Northeast Regional Route 51 now offers early morning service from Main Street Station, getting travelers from Downtown Richmond to Washington when the workday begins or to New York for a lunchtime meeting.

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Recently, Governor Ralph Northam and Secretary Valentine joined DRPT and the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) to launch expanded rail service from Richmond to Washington and cities along the Northeast corridor. The Amtrak Northeast Regional Route 51 now offers early morning service from Main Street Station, getting travelers from Downtown Richmond to Washington when the workday begins or to New York for a lunchtime meeting.

The new train is the first expansion of service under Governor Northam’s Transforming Rail in Virginia program to significantly expand rail infrastructure throughout the Commonwealth. The event ended with a ribbon-cutting and the inaugural train heading out of Main Street Station at 5:35 am with the Governor, state officials, and DRPT/VPRA staff on board. Early ridership numbers indicate healthy demand for the extended service.

The Transforming Rail in Virginia initiative is already receiving recognition throughout the country for its role in changing the future of transportation. At the District of Columbia’s Committee of 100’s bi-annual award ceremony, DRPT received a 2021 Vision Award recognizing the Transforming Rail in Virginia Program. Director Jennifer Mitchell accepted the award on behalf of DRPT, Governor Northam, and the Virginia General Assembly.

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Shockoe Illuminates Throws the Switch Tonight

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Shockoe Illuminates will be Dec. 3rd at the 17th Street Market. They’ll have local artisans with one-of-a-kind presents, boozy hot drinks provided by amazing restaurants, kids activities, carolers, roller skating, and more! Loads of information at the 17th Street Market Facebook.

 

Did you catch that there is roller skating?

We don’t need ice to have fun and skate! During Shockoe Illuminates on Dec. 3rd you can roller skate and then come back all weekend for more fun! $10 to rent skates or bring your own.
  • 12/3 5:00-9:00
  • 12/4 4:00-8:00
  • 12/5 3:00-7:00

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