Nickel Bridge closed for repairs

The Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority is conducting maintenance on the Boulevard Bridge on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8.

A postcard showing the Nickel Bridge.

The Boulevard Bridge was completed in 1925.

Photo via VCU Libraries Digital Collections

The Boulevard Bridge, also known as the Nickel Bridge, will be closed for repairs on Friday, July 7. Crews will begin work at 7 a.m.

Completed in 1925, the bridge was designed to connect the city to the newly developed Westover Hills neighborhood. The Richmond Metropolitan Transit Authority bought the bridge in 1969.

The Boulevard Bridge got its nickel-name due to the initial five cent toll. However, the cost to cross would increase as the years went on. Right now the rate is 35 cents; it’ll rise to 50 cents when RMTA toll rates go up on September 1.

The bridge should reopen when maintenance is complete on Saturday, July 8.