Belmont Bridge

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The Belmont Bridge carries Avon Street over the CSX railway, and separates the Downtown Mall from the Belmont Carlton neighborhood. The current bridge is the second structure to cross the railroad tracks but it is slated for replacement. However, planning is currently stalled.

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Main article: Belmont Bridge replacement


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History

Prior to 1905, there were gates at an at-grade crossing with the railroad that controlled pedestrian and horse access to the tracks. [1] One of the guardians of these gates was a man named Ned Harrison, who went by Uncle Ned.

The first bridge to span the railroad tracks was built in 1905 and helped trigger rapid growth in the Belmont-Carlton neighborhood. [2] This bridge was replaced in 1961.


Its renovation became a well-publicized public issue and sparked a 2012 contest to redesign it.

References

  1. Web. Belmont - A History of a Neighborhood, James H. Buck Jr., Paper for James Kinard's Local History course, May 1980, retrieved July 28, 2014.
  2. Web. City of Charlottesville Strategic Investment Area Plan, Cunningham Quill, Cunningham Quill, December 13, 2013, retrieved July 28, 2014.