11th Street over C&O Canal


Brasfield and Gorrie


Richmond, Virginia

Key Challenges & Project Details

  • Project contracted with private owner, Brasfield & Gorrie
  • Project consisted of construction of a new bridge connecting downtown Richmond to the new Riverside on the James complex
  • Project consisted of a new two lane, 150 foot, two span bridge
  • Project included installation of sidewalks, ornamental railings and lighting
  • Installation of stairway from the bridge deck to access the C&O Canal under the bridge.
  • Bridge consisted of two abutments and a steel center pier
  • One of the abutments became part of the building into the parking deck
  • Bridge was constructed over the C&O Canal and directly under 240k power lines making steel erection and the deck placement very difficult
  • Included construction of a retaining wall for the approach work
  • Original design called for the wall to be constructed on H-pile and drilled caisson footers, which would have been very difficult given that it is between two existing buildings with very limited work area.
  • Corman and JMT redesigned the wall using H-piles and Chance anchors with lagging between the piles and then incorporated them into the retaining wall, saving the owner time and money.
  • Completed on time and on budget
  • No recordable or lost time injuries

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