Riverfront Plan Phase 1 Implementation - T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge

Project Summary and Scope

The City of Richmond's Riverfront Master Plan was adopted by City Council in November 2012. Planning for the first implementation project, then known as the Brown's Island Dam Walk, began in 2013 and moved through schematic design, construction design, permitting, procurement, and construction over the course of 2013-2016. The Potterfield Memorial Bridge opened to the public on December 2, 2016. As of January 30, 2017, work is still ongoing to install interpretive and wayfinding signage as part of the project. 

The Department of Planning & Development Review maintains a website about the Riverfront Plan, including updated documents, at: http://www.richmondgov.com/planninganddevelopmentreview/riverfrontplan.aspx

Schematic designs of the Brown's Island Dam Walk

Final location, character, and extent review by the Urban Design Committee and Planning Commission 

Photos of construction progress as of January 2016 

Project Milestones

January 2014: Conceptual location, character, and extent approval received from Urban Design Committee & Planning Commission

February 2014: Public forum for review of the schematic design

May 2014: Planning Commission initiates a resolution of respect for T. Tyler Potterfield and requests that City Council name the project in his honor as the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge.

September 2014: Final location, character, and extent approval received from Urban Design Committee & Planning Commission 

June 2015: Howard Shockey & Sons selected as the Construction Manager at Risk for the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge. 

October 2015: Construction begins. 

December 2016: The project opens to the public. 

Project Funding

Capital Improvement Program: $9,250,000

VDOT Revenue Sharing Program: $3,956,931

NOAA Coastal Management Zone Grant Program, as subgrant from Richmond Regional Planning District Commission (RRPDC): $26,988 


Project Status Updates

July 2017: The project is awaiting the installation of direction, interpretive, and trailhead signage to complete work on the project. Interpretive signage will include details of the history of the old dam structure the bridge rests on, the Fall Line in Richmond, and also ecological aspects of the project, including signage that is part of the Coastal Zone Management Program. 

Permit, information is listed below. For details please call the Department of Planning, Development and Review at 804-646-4169.

National and State Permitting: 

Nationwide Permit 22 issued by Army Corps of Engineers 

Section 106 Review by Virginia Department of Historic Resources

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality unconditional Section 401 Water Quality Certification 

Virginia Marine Resources Commission permit #2014-1316

City Permitting:

Electrical: ELEC-006840-2016

Building: B15120403

​Building: BLDC-005491-2016




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Ordinance Information

In December 2016, City Council amended the FY 2016-2017 capital budget in order to accept grant funds from the RRPDC for this project. 

Contract Information

Architectural, Engineering, and Landscape Design Services: Hargreaves Associates:$1,189,936

Construction Manager at Risk: Howard Shockey & Sons : $10,981,020

Third Party Inspection: Froehling & Robertson:$43,265

Construction Supervision (Owner's Rep): AECOM: $131,026


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