Tyler Potterfield, Richmond city planner, historian, and author, was one of the co-founders of this blog on Richmond history. He gave the site its name. He was a friend to both Selden and I and we, as do all his friends and family, still miss him. - Ray.
Richmond city officials announced Wednesday that a pedestrian bridge linking Brown’s Island and Manchester is set to open Friday evening.
from Richmond.Com/Richmond Times-Dispatch
Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 10:30 pm
The T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge will open during downtown’s Grand Illumination, officials said.
Mayor Dwight C. Jones and other city officials are expected to attend the official unveiling at 6 p.m. at the northern end of the bridge on Brown’s Island.
The wheelchair-accessible bridge over the James River is proposed to be open 24 hours a day, officials said. It spans about one-third of a mile and includes the “Three Days in April” overlook on Brown’s Island.
Tammy Hawley, the mayor’s press secretary, said it cost the city $11.3 million to build the bridge. Located at the site of a early 20th century dam, the path for pedestrians and cyclists partially uses existing concrete piers and steel infrastructure in the river.
Construction started in October 2015 and was performed by Howard Schockey & Sons Inc.
Hawley described the Potterfield bridge as part of Jones’ legacy [How bogus - the idea belongs to Tyler!]. It was considered a top priority in the city’s Riverfront Plan, which includes several projects that would cost millions of dollars to complete.
“This is the first real complete project of the overall Riverfront Plan,” Hawley said.
The bridge is named for the late T. Tyler Potterfield, a senior planner in the Richmond Department of Planning and Development Review who was the project manager for the bridge.
According to the ordinance that named the bridge in his memory, Potterfield first began work in Richmond in 1991. He went on to serve as secretary to the Commission of Architectural Review, secretary to the Urban Design Committee and contributed to the development and adoption of the Riverfront Plan.
“He had a great love for the city and a lot of its history and architecture,” Hawley said. “It just seemed like a natural memorial to him.”