The Huguenot Bridge, constructed in 1949, is in poor condition due to age, therefore, the Commonwelath Transportation Board has approved a $35 Million contract for the replacement of the bridge. The new structure will have one 12 foot lane and a 10 foot shoulder in each direction. There will also be a five foot wide sidewalk on each side for pedestrians. The structure will be in approximately the same position as the current bridge. The contractor for this project is Tidewater Skanska, Inc. This same contractor built the Judith Stewart Dresser Memorial Bridge over the Chickahominy River that opened in January of 2009.
The first phase of the construction will include the western half of the new bridge while maintaining traffic on the existing bridge. In the second phase, traffic will be allowed to run on the new section that was built during phase one. At that point, the old Huguenot Bridge will be torn down and the second half of the new bridge will be constructed. The Department of Transportation will keep one lane of traffic moving in each direction while constructions is going on. Of necessity, however, there will be occasional lane closures during hours of least traffic. http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/richmond/huguenot_bridge
The Huguenot Bridge has been a major artery across the James River connecting the City of Richmond with southside and Henrico County to the north by way of Huguenot Road. More than 28,000 vehicles per day cross that bridge. The entire project that is to begin in October 2010 has an estimated completion date of October 2013.