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Benjamin Harrison Memorial Vertical Lift Bridge

The Benjamin Harrison Memorial Bridge is a vertical-lift bridge that spans the James River between Jordan's Point in Prince George County and Charles City County near Hopewell, Virginia. The bridge carries vehicle traffic of State Route 156, and is owned by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). It is named after Benjamin Harrison V, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a Governor of Virginia, who lived nearby at Berkeley Plantation. Originally completed in 1966, it was substantially rebuilt following a February 24, 1977 collision with a ship. Repairs took 20 months to complete. The cost of repairs and an innovative passenger shuttle service contracted by the state were $9.7 million. The costs was recovered from the insurer for the shipping company following a lawsuit in U.S. District Court.



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Submitted: 07/15/2009

By: sladys

Location: Hopewell, VA

Category: Bridges/Tunnels

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