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Portions of the Southbank Potterfield Bridge are closed for next two weeks

The closure throws a slight wrench into some biking, running, walking routes but we’ll have a better ADA compliant path when done.




If the T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge is part of your daily workout routine or you were planning on going down there soon you’ll need to be aware of the following closures.

Details from Bike Walk RVA:

Portions of the T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge will be closed for approximately two weeks, starting on Monday, March 20, for the contractor to make needed repairs to the asphalt paths to correct an installation error. This is being done at no additional cost to the City to ensure that full ADA compliance is achieved on the project.

All of the new asphalt sections will be closed. This means that visitors to the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge will have the following path options open to them:

  • From Brown’s Island: walking the length of the bridge, turning around at the end of the bridge, and returning the way you came or going down the stairs to cross in front of the climbing wall to continue along the Floodwall Trail
  • From Floodwall Trail: Crossing in front of the climbing wall to head up the stairs to the bridge.
  • From Manchester: Crossing over the railroad tracks on the existing bridge to the top of the embankment, walk out to the overlook. The climbing wall stairs will continue to be open for climbing access only. The climbing wall will be fully accessible during this closure.

Two observations from last night around 5:30. Most people (myself included) are using the climbing wall stairs to access the bridge. I also saw a group of mountain bikers simply go around the fence to access the path.

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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.