RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Texas Beach pedestrian bridge has been deemed structurally unsafe, and has been closed to the public effective immediately.
According to Richmond Parks and Recreation, a Sept. 1 inspection of the bridge revealed “severe structural damage” that could potentially result in the bridge collapsing.
There are no other ways for the public to access Texas Beach at this time. Those wishing to access the James River shore can do so by taking the North Bank Trail east towards downtown Richmond until further notice. The river can also be accessed at Pony Pasture, Reedy Creek, Ancarrows Landing, the Wetland, Great Shiplock Park and Belle Isle.
The city is considering its options for repairing or replacing the bridge and has requested American Rescue Plan Act funds to cover the expenses. There is currently no timetable for when the bridge will reopen.
“Parks and Recreation staff will be available during the holiday weekend to assist visitors and ensure their safety as they access all areas of the James River Park System,” parks and recreation said in a release Friday morning.