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Fifth Street Viaduct


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

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BH Photo #312388



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


Lost Concrete rigid frame bridge over CSX Railroad & Valley Road on 5th Street
Richmond, Virginia
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1935; Replaced 1996
- Alfredo C. Janni
- T.A. Loving Co. of Goldsboro, North Carolina
- Streetcar
- Virginia Electric & Power Co. (VEPCO)
- Virginia Transit Co. (VTC)
Concrete rigid frame
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)

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  • January 4, 2015: Added by Dave King

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