River lovers, two of the most-used bridges for recreational purposes in Richmond are scheduled to be shut down Saturday. We’re getting accustomed to being without
Huguenot Bridge, but the Mayo Bridge will be down Saturday too, though the 14th Street Takeout should be available from the north end, according to a release from the City of Richmond. Plan accordingly!
Mayo Bridge: As part of the Bridge Structural Analysis and Feasibility Study, the right, northbound lane of the south structure of the Mayo Bridge, between 1st Street and Mayo Island, will be closed Friday from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. while equipment is installed for testing on Saturday. Northbound traffic will be allowed on the bridge, but vehicles must use the left lane during these intervals.
On Saturday, the entire bridge will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for load testing. During that time, two 25 ton trucks will make several passes, stops and delays along the bridge while gauges measure and record how the structure responds to pre-calculated loads. During the test, vehicles wishing to cross the river will be detoured to alternate bridges during these intervals. Local access to Mayo Island will be provided from the north Mayo Bridge only (Dock Street).
Huguenot Bridge: (Postponed for a week) VDOT will close the Huguenot Memorial Bridge on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting, to allow bridge engineers to inspect a deteriorated joint on the south end of the bridge and make repairs if needed. This assessment is necessary to maintain the integrity of the 62-year-old bridge during the ongoing reconstruction project. In addition, a maintenance crew will patch potholes on the bridge during the closure Saturday, weather permitting. They will continue the patching on Sunday, March 27 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. using flaggers to alternate one lane of traffic over the bridge. Drivers should expect delays and use an alternate route if possible.