City says Belle Isle footbridge could be closed for weeks

Posted by Colby Rogers - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - City officials held a press conference Thursday to update - and warn - city residents about repairs to the bridge leading to Belle Isle.

On Saturday, a chunk of concrete fell from the Lee Bridge onto the footbridge below that provides access to the island.

Richmond city officials told residents to stay off Belle Isle until footbridge repairs were complete, which could take several weeks. The emergency access bridge leading to the south side of Belle Isle has also been closed as a precaution.

The city has been unable to erect a scaffolding to help with the repairs, citing wind concerns earlier this week. The Lee Bridge, which runs above the island, has been deemed safe for drivers.

Dexter White, the city's Director of Public Works, says the Lee Bridge is normally scheduled for an inspection every two years. However, an inspection has been scheduled for April in light if the damage.

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