CHESAPEAKE - There's new opposition to plans for a new Jordan Bridge to link Portsmouth and Chesapeake.
A powerful maritime group says the proposed span is too short and narrow for ships.
Bridge supporters worry the concern could cause the Coast Guard to scrub plans for a new bridge to be completed by July 2010.
Local businesses suffocating from the lack of bridge traffic warn that would bring them to the brink of collapse.
The 80-year-old Jordan Bridge was closed in November 2008 after a study showed it was too unsafe for vehicular traffic.
It was dismantled after a developer from Tallahassee, Florida bought it.
The firm told City Council the new South Norfolk Jordan Bridge will have a $2-per-crossing toll.