Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge

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Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge
Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge2.jpg
The bridge circa 1871
Coordinates 37°31′55″N 77°26′37″W / 37.53194°N 77.44361°W / 37.53194; -77.44361
Carries Richmond and Petersburg Railroad
Crosses James River
Locale Manchester, Virginia
Characteristics
Design Lattice truss bridge
Total length 2,844 feet (867 m)
Width 17 feet (5.2 m)
Longest span 153 feet (47 m)
Clearance above 60 feet (18 m)
History
Designer Moncure Robinson
Construction begin 1836
Opened 1838
Closed March 26, 1882

The Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge was a bridge that carried the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad over the James River in Richmond, Virginia. The bridge was destroyed by the Confederate States Army in anticipation of the Fall of Richmond. It was rebuilt the following year. It was burned again in 1882.[1] Its south side has been used for rock climbing since the 1980s. Today, the concrete and granite pilings of the bridge can still be seen just upstream of the Manchester Bridge.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Griggs, Frank, Jr. (October 2014). "James River Bridge at Richmond, Virginia" (PDF). Structure. National Council of Structural Engineers Associations: 14. Retrieved October 23, 2014.