A New, Modern Bridge

The modern South Norfolk Jordan Bridge (VA Route 337) replaced the former Jordan Bridge that closed November 8, 2008. It is a private facility funded entirely by American investors and uses zero local, state or federal funds for its construction, operation or maintenance. By providing an additional crossing of the Elizabeth River’s Southern Branch situated between I-264 and I-64, it restores a critical transportation route between Chesapeake and Portsmouth while offering connections to wherever you want to go –take the high road!

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Bridge Quick Facts

  • Two 12' lanes
  • Two 8' safety shoulders
  • 8' wide pedestrian sidewalk
  • 5,375' long
  • 145' vertical navigational clearance in the channel
  • The high-level fixed span bridge means no more bridge lifts or railroad crossings to stop traffic
  • No toll booths: 100% electronic collection system keeps traffic moving smoothly

Bridge Key Benefits

The continuous water crossing keeps river, vehicle and pedestrian traffic moving at all times by eliminating the lift system and carrying traffic above the railroad crossing.

Free-flowing traffic saves gas and improves air quality by reducing idling and emissions.

Fire, police and emergency response is restored between South Norfolk and Portsmouth, and a non-tunnel emergency evacuation route is provided.

A critical regional transportation link is renewed for all users including trucks and pedestrians (ADA compliant walkway).

River traffic enjoys unencumbered travel and the highest vertical clearance on the Elizabeth River.

Overall regional traffic congestion is reduced with the addition of a new river crossing midway between I-264 and I-64.

The South Norfolk Jordan Bridge is 100% privately funded. No local, state or federal tax dollars were used for the construction, operation or maintenance of the facility, so public monies are available for other worthwhile projects.