South Norfolk Jordan Bridge Designated A Virginia Truck Route
The original Jordan Bridge closed to all vehicle traffic in 2008, but it’s been closer to a quarter century since trucks in excess of three tons were able to navigate across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River without using a tunnel. With the opening of the new South Norfolk Jordan Bridge, trucks of all sizes and weights can again use the alternate East-West crossing to navigate the region and deliver their cargo. A resolution by the Commonwealth Transportation Board and endorsement by Virginia Department of Transportation designates the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge as an official Virginia Truck Route.
The high-rise, fixed-span bridge eliminates travel barriers including bridge lifts, railroad crossings and a toll plaza. Trucks traveling East and West on the Southside of Hampton Roads now enjoy improved access between Chesapeake and Portsmouth via the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge and its quick connections to I-264 and I-464. All vehicles approved to travel on the federal highway system may traverse the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge, but oversize or hazardous material loads must obtain a special travel permit in advance.
All special load permits are processed through Oxcart; visit oxcartpermits.com to apply for the permit you need. Blanket load permits also may be available.
Additionally, nearly 5,000 overheight vehicles (in excess of 13’ 6”) are turned away from the Downtown and Midtown Tunnels each year and face severe penalties. The SNJB provides those trucks a viable travel option to reach their destinations. Trucks with an E-ZPass are billed at a rate of $2.45 for those with two axles. Higher rates apply for trucks with three or more axles and those traveling during peak travel periods or without a valid E-ZPass. Click here for a complete fee schedule detailing peak and off-peak rates for all vehicles.
E-ZPass offers the most cost-effective way to travel the Bridge, or drivers receive an invoice by mail for tolled travel at the Pay by Plate rate. There is no toll plaza, and cash is not accepted.
Whether you manage a fleet of delivery vehicles or run your own independent rig, trucks of all sizes save time and fuel by choosing the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge. Call us today at #757/545-3444, and we’ll help you map out a route to improve your bottom line including a review of available commercial volume discounts.