Huguenot Bridge Reconstruction
|Major construction underway|
Project at a Glance
Est Completion Date
Approximately $54.5 million
(includes preliminary engineering, right of way and construction)
Henrico and Richmond
Mike Saunders, project manager
Project photos on Flickr
Huguenot Bridge opened to all traffic May 28, three months ahead of schedule. More
Through October 2013: The contractor will complete landscaping, spot paving and other minor construction activities. This work is expected to have little to no impact on traffic.
Through late June:
- Westham Station Road will remain closed to through traffic between Huguenot Road and Old Bridge Lane. Drivers who would normally access Panorama Drive, Highland Road or Old Bridge Road via Westham Station will use River Road as an alternate route.
Through fall 2013: The speed limit between Halesworth Road (south of the bridge) and the River Road/Huguenot Road intersection (north of the bridge) will be reduced from 45 to 35 mph for the duration of the project.
News Release (May 24, 2013) - New Huguenot Memorial Bridge Opens Next Week; Three months ahead of schedule
News Release (Oct. 26, 2012) - Expect Huguenot Bridge traffic delays overnight next week; Demolishing sections of the old Huguenot Bridge
News Release (Sept. 26, 2012) - Huguenot Bridge Beam Installations Resume Next Week; Expect temporary delays weeknights through Oct. 19
News Release (Sept. 14, 2012) - Huguenot Bridge Closing Overnight Sunday for Repair
News Release (August 15, 2012) - Huguenot Bridge Beam Installations Start Next Week; Expect temporary delays weeknights through early September
News Release (June 25, 2012) - Public Invited to Bid Farewell to the Huguenot Bridge on July 1; 62-year-old bridge will be open to cyclists and pedestrians only
News Release - Governor McDonnell (June 25, 2012) - Governor McDonnell Announces New Huguenot Memorial Bridge to Open in Richmond June 30
News Release (Nov. 23, 2010) - Public Invited to Attend Huguenot Bridge Information Meeting November 30
News Release (Sept. 15, 2010) - Commonwealth Transportation Board Approves $35 Million Contract for Huguenot Bridge Replacement Project
Phase 2 Detour Map (PDF)
FACT SHEETS (PDF)
What's Being Done
The bridge reconstruction project involves replacing the existing structure with a new structure in approximately the same location. The new structure has one 12 foot lane and one 10 foot shoulder in each direction. The 10 foot shoulder functions as both an emergency lane and a lane to allow bicyclists to safely use the bridge. In addition, there is a five foot wide sidewalk on each side for pedestrians.
Why was a new bridge needed?
Costly maintenance and repairs, the age and condition of the previous bridge, and the critical need for widening to allow for emergency vehicles all played a part in the decision to proceed with a reconstruction.
The previous Huguenot Memorial Bridge was constructed in 1950. This crossing is considered a major transportation artery over the James River connecting Richmond city limits to the south and Henrico County to the north via Huguenot Road (Route 147). The bridge carries more than 25,000 vehicles per day on average.
The previous bridge had one 13-foot travel lane in each direction, no shoulders and a four foot sidewalk on each side.