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Fifth Street Viaduct

Photos 

Environment, From West, Showing Fifth Street Viaduct In Its Immediate Setting, Crossing Bacon's Quarter Branch Valley In Richmond, Virginia

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #312388

Map 

Description 

The Fifth Street Viaduct is a reinforced concrete bridge consisting of seven double-span rigid frames supported on expansion piers and stiff towers. Built in 1933 by the Richmond Bridge Corporation with aid from the U.S. Reconstruction Finance Corporation, the viaduct carries Fifth Street over Bacon's Quarter Branch valley to link the Richmond neighborhoods of Highland Park and Jackson Ward. A representative rigid frame reinforced concrete viaduct of the 1920-1940 period, the Fifth Street Viaduct is a significant multiple-span bridge designed by the prominent New York City bridge engineer Alfredo C. Janni.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Lost Concrete rigid frame bridge over CSX Railroad & Valley Road on 5th Street
Location
Richmond, Virginia
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1935; Replaced 1996
Builders
- Alfredo C. Janni
- T.A. Loving Co. of Goldsboro, North Carolina
Railroads
- Streetcar
- Virginia Electric & Power Co. (VEPCO)
- Virginia Transit Co. (VTC)
Design
Concrete rigid frame
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 80.1 ft.
Total length: 1,185.1 ft.
Deck width: 29.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.55251, -77.42766   (decimal degrees)
37°33'09" N, 77°25'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/285552/4158937 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
VA 21300 (Virginia bridge number)
BH 65277 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/1993)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 2.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1988 51760)
10,000

Update Log 

  • January 4, 2015: Added by Dave King

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Sources 

  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER VA-67 - Fifth Street Viaduct, Spanning Bacon's Quarter Branch Valley on Fifth Street, Richmond, Independent City, VA