Wagman Heavy Civil Project

Richmond Riverfront Pedestrian Bridge

  • Location

    Richmond, VA

  • Duration

    September 2015 - November 2016

Wagman was subcontracted to perform pedestrian bridge improvements and demolition on portions of the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge in Richmond, Va. This $5.8M project included improvements that allowed for a larger pedestrian walkway and lookouts over the James River.

Additionally, Wagman performed underwater pier repairs on a select number of deficient structures.

Key Challenges & Project Details

  • The 1,600 foot bridge spans the James River and connects Browns Island to Manchester.
  • The bridge was a dream of Richmond planner and historian, T. Tyler Potterfield, who passed away two years before the project was completed.
  • Wagman created an innovative access system inclusive of a custom designed gantry crane that utilized the old industrial rails to construct the new superstructure.
  • There are 39 total concrete piers.

Project Fun Facts

  • The bridge is built of piers that held levees. They fueled turbines to the plant that powered the country's first electric street car system.

Project Recognition

  • 2018 - Virginia by Design Award - Branch Museum of Architecture & Design

  • 2017 - Public Works Project of the Year, Transportation Projects between $5M - $25M - American Public Works Association (APWA), Mid-Atlantic Chapter

  • 2017 - Best Landscape / Urban Development Project in Mid-Atlantic Region - ENR Mid-Atlantic

  • 2017 - Engineering Excellence Merit Award - Special Projects - American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Virginia