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Envisioning a Livable Mayo Bridge Workshop to Discuss Upcoming Mayo Bridge Replacement

Mayo Bridge is a vital connection to south Richmond and an amazing opportunity to do something special.

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The replacement of the historic Mayo Bridge, which connects Shockoe Bottom to Manchester via 14th St. and Hull St., is literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Let’s make sure to get its programming and design right!

Join leaders from the Manchester Alliance, Shockoe Partnership, Bike Walk RVA, Venture Richmond, and the City of Richmond with designers from BridgePark + SMBW + Marvel, to explore what kind of Mayo Bridge our communities want and need. There’s no question that this effort is intentionally early in the process. While there has been no official public meeting since 2022 and design and construction are off in the future, it is nonetheless critically important to conduct this community visioning process before irreversible assumptions are made and steps are taken in this long lead time project.

How can the forthcoming new Mayo Bridge serve all of its impacted communities, neighborhoods, and River users? How can the new bridge enhance the access, sense of place and programming planned for the new Mayo Island Park? For those biking along the River and accessing the Capital Trail and Fall Line Trail and for those exploring the James River Parks system and walking the Loop, the decisions to be made about the new Mayo Bridge will impact, in a very meaningful way, the quality of experiences and, ultimately, the quality of life for all of the stakeholders in this historic area of our downtown. This opportunity to ensure public safety and enhance Manchester and Shockoe Bottom as desirable destinations with placemaking, greenspace, and a welcoming environment, if done right, will ensure that local businesses thrive and visitors enjoy their experiences in downtown RVA and along the James River Riverfront.

Please join the conversation on May 20 at Studio Two Three. Space will still be limited, so pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

The meeting is free but space is limited. Register here.

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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.