James River Bridge (Interstate 95)

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James River Bridge (I-95)
Richmond Main Street Station from I-95 in Virginia.JPG
Main Street Station as seen from the northbound James River Bridge.
Carries I‑95
Crosses James River
Locale Richmond, Virginia
Maintained by Virginia Department of Transportation
Total length 4,185 feet long
Opened 1958[1]
Toll none

The James River Bridge carries Interstate 95 across the James River in Richmond, Virginia.


The original 6 lane structure was built in 1957 and 1958 as part of the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike and was financed with toll revenue bonds issued by the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike Authority, a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In 1975, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) assumed the operations of former Turnpike Authority. Although the initial bonds were retired in 1975, additional tolls were collected to finance improvements along other sections of the former Turnpike. Tolls for the bridge and I-95 were finally completely removed in 1992.

Beginning in 1976, a complicated connection with the Downtown Expressway—a newer toll road built by the Richmond Metropolitan Authority (RMA)—was constructed on the bridge itself.

The bridge was re-decked by VDOT from 1999 to August 2002.[2]


The bridge is high above the river, and is not considered in danger of flooding during periods when the river periodically floods. However, in the past the southern approach has been subject to closure due to flooding of the James River, notably after Hurricane Camille in 1969, Hurricane Agnes in 1972, and Hurricane Gloria in 1985.[citation needed]

Richmond's Flood Wall, designed to prevent a 280 year flood, completed in 1995 at a cost of about $142 million, is hoped to prevent such future closures.[3]


  1. "Bridge beats the Clock." Richmond Times-Dispatch. August 3, 2002. Quoted in I-95 James River Bridge Restoration. Roads to the Future. Retrieved 2010-03-28.
  2. "Richmond Downtown Aerial Photos". Roadstothefuture.com. Retrieved 2011-08-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Richmond's Flood Wall". Richmond City Watch. Archived from the original on 2005-03-13. Retrieved 2010-03-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

Media related to James River Bridge (Interstate 95) at Wikimedia Commons

  • DHRM WebCAM view from the 13th Floor of the State of Virginia's Monroe Building pointed Southward showing I-95 & James River Bridge in Richmond, Va.

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