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Richmond bridge to open on Brown's Island

The bridge opens on Friday. (Source: Kathleen Onufer, Planning and Development Review) The bridge opens on Friday. (Source: Kathleen Onufer, Planning and Development Review)

It's going to be a lot easier for people walking and biking to get from one side of the river to the other. That's because the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge is set to open on Friday, connecting Brown's Island to Manchester.

On average, Norman Ocampo will bike 20 to 30 miles in one trip. One of his favorite routes takes him along the James River, but he has to be extra cautious getting to the Manchester side and taking the Lee or Manchester bridges.

"It is a little scary because [the cars] are going fast," says Ocampo. "Every now and then you have a close call, distracted drivers and things like that."

But with the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge opening soon, it's going to make Ocampo's route safer.

David and Caroline Crighton say the bridge will be a way to connect the trails that walkers and bicyclists enjoy daily.

"I think it's very appropriate-looking," says David. "It's a wonderful use of old structures and new structures as well. I think people are going to love it."

The bridge starts at the "Three Days in April" historical overlook, which commemorates the day Richmond burned during the Civil War. It then connects to the Manchester climbing wall on the southside. It's wheelchair-accessible and no motorized vehicles are allowed to cross here.

The bridge is just one part of Richmond's Riverfront Master Plan. The projects are meant to make this part of the James River more attractive. It will take several years to complete and is expected to cost millions of dollars, but people enjoying the area today say it seems to be worth it.

"I think a lot more people will be coming to the river," says Caroline.

The City released these details:

Mayor Jones will be joined by City officials for the official opening of the bridge on Friday, December 2, 2016, at 5:45 p.m. Officials will cut the ribbon and illuminate the bridge at 6:00 p.m. The event will be held on Brown's Island at the northern end of the TTPMP where it connects with the Three Days in April Bridge.

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