Repair options for Mayo Bridge being studied

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It's the Mayo Bridge's historic arches that have some wanting the city to take a closer look before making any changes.

The city is reviewing several options for the bridge.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, one idea is to restore the bridge along with its arches. That could cost $21 million.

Another option is to replace the bridge altogether with concrete arches, bike lanes and wider sidewalks. The price tag on that is about $40 million.

Some historians are hoping the city takes a closer look at the first option.

The Mayo Bridge, or the 14th Street Bridge, as some call it, links 14th Street in downtown Richmond to Hull Street in Manchester. It's also one of the oldest bridges crossing the James.

At this point, this is all preliminary. The city got these numbers from consultants through a federally funded study. That study is expected to end in October.

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