George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge, Spanning York River at U.S. Route 17, Yorktown, York County, VA
Significance: The George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge is a 3,750-foot, steel deck-truss structure comprised of plate girder approach spans, a series of cantilevered fixed spans, and two center-pivot swing spans which operate in tandem. Built in 1950-1952, the bridge was a key element in a larger program of post-World War II transportation improvements throughout the lower Tidewater region. Designed by the prominent New York City engineering firm of Parson, Brinkerhoff, Hall & Macdonald, the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge is a significant example of hollow-pier construction utilizing the open-dredge caisson method, and among the few bridges with double swing spans still in operation today.
Survey number: HAER VA-57