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George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge


VIRGINIA: YORKTOWN: Coleman Memorial Bridge at dusk

Photo taken by Douglas W. Reynolds Jr.

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BH Photo #264119


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The George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge is a 3,750-foot, steel deck-truss structure comprised of plate girder approach spans, a series of cantilevered fixed spans, and two center-pivot swing spans which operate in tandem. Built in 1950-1952, the bridge was a key element in a larger program of post-World War II transportation improvements throughout the lower Tidewater region. Designed by the prominent New York City engineering firm of Parson, Brinkerhoff, Hall & Macdonald, the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge is a significant example of hollow-pier construction utilizing the open-dredge caisson method, and among the few bridges with double swing spans still in operation today.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Swing bridge over York River on US 17 in Gloucester Point
York County, Virginia, and Gloucester County, Virginia
Open to traffic
Built 1952; rehabilitated 1996
- Kansas City Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri (Contractor)
- Massman Construction Co. of Kansas City, Missouri (Contractor)
- Parsons, Brinkerhoff, Hall & Macdonald of New York City, New York (Engineer)
Length of largest span: 500.0 ft.
Total length: 3,755.1 ft. (0.7 mi.)
Also called
York River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.24333, -76.50667   (decimal degrees)
37°14'36" N, 76°30'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/366366/4122930 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
VA 19824 (Virginia bridge number)
BH 33922 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 56.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 6, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • January 3, 2015: HAER photos posted by Dave King
  • July 17, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • August 22, 2013: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • August 20, 2013: Photo imported by Dave King
  • April 19, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth



George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge
Posted January 1, 2018, by Thomas l Cooke (madscotsman26 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I'm doing research on the Coleman bridge and the surrounding area.

I'm researching the History of the Coleman bridge built from 1950-1952 in West Point Virginia. What i'm looking for is a list of employees that were working on that project if possible. Carpenters, foremen,engineers, concrete workers, steel workers etc. I'm aware of personnel confidentiality policies but i think enough time has passed and most of these people have passed away that it shouldn't be a issue but more of what i'm looking for, Historical documentation only. Thank you for any help you may lend to my project. Thomas Cooke 307 S. Lubec, Rd. Lubec, Maine 04652 207-733-4247