This elevated pedestrian bridge will be demolished

(Southside Daily/Courtesy of the City of Norfolk)
(Southside Daily/Courtesy of the City of Norfolk)

NORFOLK – Waterside Drive between Saint Paul’s Boulevard and Atlantic Street will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians for demolition and permanent removal of the elevated pedestrian bridge near Commercial Place.

The work was originally scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday, city officials said.

But the city on Thursday tweeted: “Waterside Drive will remain open this weekend. Pedestrian Bridge demolition and permanent removal has been postponed to a later date due to inclement weather.”

A new date has not been set as of Thursday afternoon.

During the project, motorists are encouraged to use Main Street, City Hall Avenue, and Brambleton Avenue via Saint Paul’s Boulevard and Boush Street as alternate routes. Norfolk Police will assist with traffic.

Contact the city’s 24-hour hotline at 757-664-7220 to address construction concerns.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.