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Gauge Height: 4.42'
Flow: 3170 cfps

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Experience RVA’s Human-Friendly Bridge from your Laptop (or Phone)

Andy Thompson

December 10, 2016 7:07pm

By now you’ve probably seen the news about the brand spanking new human friendly (as opposed to car friendly) bridge over the James River in downtown Richmond. The T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge — a.k.a. the T Pot — was officially opened just over a week ago to much fanfare.

As Jackie Kruszewski wrote in a piece for Style Weekly, “the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge is named in honor of a senior planner for the city who died in 2014 at 55. Potterfield advocated for the bridge, which was built on top of a 1901 dam from Brown’s Island to the south bank of the James.”

The bridge, which connects Manchester to Brown’s Island cost the city $11.3M and includes Colorado-based Josh Weiner’s art installation of eight 17-foot steel rings at its southern terminus.

If you haven’t seen the bridge yet, do yourself a favor and check it out. Park at the Belle Isle parking lot on Tredegar Street and walk back up Tredegar Street to Brown’s Island. In the meantime, though, Ryan Abrahamsen with Terrain360.com has brought us the next best thing. He created a 360-degree panoramic image map of the bridge, so you can walk it from the comfort of your laptop or phone. Check it out by clicking here. That should wet your whistle and get you planning an actual trip down to the river.

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?