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Old Belle Isle Bridge


Historic Photo (1972)



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BH Photo #318955



Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over James River on an abandoned service road for the Old Dominion Iron and Steel Corp.
Richmond, Virginia
Only one span on the southern shore of the James River remains on the grounds of the Belle Isle Park
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.53175, -77.44984   (decimal degrees)
37°31'54" N, 77°26'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/283533/4156684 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 66609 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,681)
Owned by city (5,476)
Pratt through truss (5,431)
Pratt truss (9,352)
Richmond, Virginia (47)
Through truss (15,198)
Truss (32,984)
Virginia (1,231)

Update Log 

  • November 24, 2017: New photo from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • November 4, 2017: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • April 6, 2017: New photos from Marc Shotts
  • March 21, 2015: Added by James McCray

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  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
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  • Marc Shotts


Old Belle Isle Bridge
Posted April 6, 2017, by Joel Wyman (jwyman2242 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

What a darn shame this couldn't have been preserved as it was a really neat looking multi- span historical bridge. We have lost far too many of these.

Old Belle Isle Bridge April 2017
Posted April 6, 2017, by Marc Shotts (marcshotts [at] gmail [dot] com )

Visited the bridge on April 4, 2017. Nicely viewed from the suspended pedestrian walk-bridge under the modern Robert E. Lee bridge. Multiple abandoned piers, a couple of which have foundations that are damaged and being undermined and will eventually crumble. Only one span still standing adjacent to Belle Island shore. No decking on bridge.

Old Belle Isle Bridge
Posted May 24, 2016, by Michael Taylor

I do want to get out there and check the bridge remnants out.