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Begin Date
October 2010

Est Completion Date
October 2013

Approximately $54.5 million
(includes preliminary engineering, right of way and construction)

Skanska USA

Henrico and Richmond


Mike Saunders, project manager

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After three years of construction, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced Oct. 29, 2013 that the project to build a new Huguenot Memorial Bridge over the James River between Henrico County and the city of Richmond is complete. While major traffic impacts ended in May 2013, contractor Skanska USA wrapped up landscaping, spot paving and minor construction activities last week. More

Project Information

News Release (Oct. 30, 2013) - Missing Huguenot Bridge Plaque Found; Sign proved too heavy for crooks

News Release (Oct. 29, 2013) - Huguenot Bridge Project Complete

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)


Project Details

The bridge reconstruction project involved 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. 

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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.

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