Author Topic: james river bridge crossing  (Read 3583 times)

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Offline cliffordbarnabus

james river bridge crossing
« on: September 22, 2015, 05:35:49 pm »
can bikes cross the james river bridge, specifically hwy 32/258/17 from the aberdeen gardens area to bartlett?  i've found unclear and conflicting info on the web.

thx!
cb

Offline litespeed

Re: james river bridge crossing
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2015, 07:32:31 pm »
From Wikipedia: "Bicycles, mopeds, and pedestrians are banned from using the bridge; the easternmost crossing for them is the Jamestown Ferry, about 25 miles (40 km) upstream. The State Highway and Transportation Commission banned these transportation modes from using the bridge in 1978 "in the interest of safety", due to high traffic and lack of sidewalks. Once the replacement bridge was completed, they returned to the question in 1983, and decided to continue the ban, since the new bridge also had no sidewalks or sufficient recovery area."

Offline greenbubba

Re: james river bridge crossing
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2015, 07:56:49 pm »
litespeed is correct - definitely closed to bikes. I wouldn't advise it anyway as traffic on highways in that area is nuts - all directions in rush hour. Even on bridges that you can cross, be careful of those metal grates on drawbridges. They are slippery to pedestrians and bikes, plus in some areas they are adding studs - making it even scarier. Virgina DOT used to have a pretty friendly hot line for cyclist - might be worth a VDOT website.
charlie