The new South Norfolk Jordan Bridge was completed in October 2012, reconnecting two communities across the Elizabeth River. The 5,375’ long bridge links Chesapeake and Portsmouth Virginia with a new high-level fixed span bridge that allows for continuous flow of vehicular, rail, river and pedestrian traffic. Using local labor and local materials, the concrete segmental bridge was entirely precast to achieve factory-like quality and quick assembly. The 385’ main span across the river accommodates a 145’ vertical navigation clearance for the shipping channel and was built using balanced cantilever construction. The bridge has two 12’ wide travel lanes with 8’ wide shoulders on each side and an 8’ sidewalk. This toll bridge was built in less than two years and uses 100% private funding without any local, state, or federal funds.
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