Maritime group concerned about new Jordan Bridge

Maritime group concerned about new Jordan Bridge

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Rendering of the new Jordan Bridge

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WVEC.com

Posted on June 18, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 30 at 1:26 PM

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.

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