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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge Design

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge carries the Pocahontas Parkway (SR 895) across the James River between the Richmond and Henrico County. The 1,475-foot-long, high-level fixed bridge features a 730-foot main span with 145 feet of vertical clearance for marine traffic using Richmond's deepwater port. The bridge also includes nearly 3,500 feet of high-level approach spans and three new, high-level ramp structures that connect to Interstate 95.

Working in conjunction with VDOT, primary design firm, and the contractor, Modjeski and Masters, Inc. provided design engineering and contract plan production for this $200 Million project. This project included two twin elevated viaducts and river crossing bridges. The bridge is a segmental structure using cast-in-place, balanced cantilever construction. Approaches were precast segmental using an overhead gantry to erect the spans in balanced cantilever. Each bridge carried traffic in opposite directions. The two cell box girder, of the crossing, has a deck width of 68' and was using form travelers.

The project was successfully completed in 2002 and is a key link in the 8.8-mile toll road.

Bridge Geometry
Length of Main Span 730 Feet
Total Project Length 1,475 Feet
Lanes on Structure Four lanes (on each structure)

The 8.8-mile highway was the first road in Virginia built by public-private partnership.