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Bridges of Richmond
The Martin Luther King Memorial Bridge is a 6-lane bridge connecting downtown to East Richmond. Its structural design is like that of a future envisaged in the mid 1970s when it was built. The King Bridge rises 100 feet (30 m.) over Interstate 95 and the Shockoe Valley. Unlike most bridges of this length (more than 2000 ft., 610 m.) also has sidewalks on each side for pedestrians.
The Lee Bridge, the newest bridge downtown, replaced the old Lee Bridge. The new bridge has a pedestrian bridge suspended under it to Belle Island and it offers panoramic views of the Richmond skyline and cityscape.
Mayo Bridge (or the 14th St. Bridge) is a four-lane structure, it transports Route 360 across the James River. The bridge comes in two sections, separated in the middle by Mayo Island. The total length is 1374 feet (419 m.). The bridge as it looks now was built in 1913 for streetcar traffic. It is Richmond's oldest highway bridge across the James River. It was built on the site of the city's first bridge completed in 1788 by John Mayo Jr., the grandson of the man who first laid out Richmond's grid pattern. Rising just 30 feet (9 m.) above the water line, the Mayo Bridge is currently Richmond's only bridge vulnerable to flooding. Of all the bridges in Richmond, I use this one the most often taking Route 360 to get to Southside Virginia.
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