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.
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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