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South Norfolk Jordan Bridge
Owner: City of Chesapeake, VA
Location: Chesapeake, VA
Project Cost: $76.5 million
Project Type: Highways and Bridges | Procurement Type: Design-Build
State: Virginia | Status: Completed
Opened in 1928, the previous Jordan Bridge was the oldest drawbridge in Virginia. It closed for repairs in 1994, reopened late in December 1995, then closed permanently in 2008 because of safety concerns.
In January 2009, the Norfolk City Council unanimously approved plans submitted by Figg Bridge Developers for a new, privately-owned bridge. The modern South Norfolk Jordan Bridge opened to traffic late 2012. The new 5,375-foot long bridge is a two-lane, fixed-span, high-rise toll bridge over the Elizabeth River. This modern, concrete bridge will provide improved navigational clearances of 145 feet high and 270 feet wide.
The project has won numerous awards, including:
- International Bridge Conference 2014 Gustav Lindenthal Medal (recognizing an outstanding structure that is also aesthetically and environmentally pleasing)
- ARTBA 2013 Globe Award for Bridges >$10 million
- ARTBA 2013 PRIDE Award