Photo taken by C Hanchey in December 2008
BH Photo #134223
From the City of Chesapeake "Decommissioning the Jordan Bridge" brochure
Originally known as the Norfolk-Portsmouth Bridge, the bridge was completed at a cost of $1.25 million, and opened on August 24, 1928 as a toll bridge.
It is a Waddell & Harrington vertical lift drawbridge and was designed by Harrington, Howard, & Ash of Kansas City, Missouri. The construction was planned and financing organized by Carl M. Jordan, who operated Jordan Brothers Lumber Co. with his brother Wallace. The bridge was renamed for Carl Jordan many years later. He also served as general manager and executive vice president of the South Norfolk Bridge Commission, Inc. Ownership of the bridge was transferred to the City of Chesapeake after the Bridge Commission's indebtedness was satisfied in 1977.
In 2008, approximately 7,000 vehicles used the bridge daily. More than 10,000 lifts a year occurred for over 21,500 marine traffic vessels. In March 2008 an inspection was conducted and report findings indicated the need for repairs would total more than $4 million. The bridge was closed to traffic on November 8, 2008. When the bridge was closed, it had a posted weight limit of only 3 tons.
- Lost vertical lift bridge over South Branch Elizabeth River on VA 337 in Portsmouth
- Chesapeake, Virginia, and Portsmouth, Virginia
- Replaced by the South Norfolk-Jordan Bridge
- Built 1928 by the Atlantic Bridge Co.; Closed 2008; Removed 2010
- - Atlantic Bridge Co. of Charlotte, North Carolina
- Harrington, Howard & Ash of Kansas City, Kansas & New York, New York (Designer)
- Waddell & Harrington of Kansas City, Missouri
- Vertical lift main span with Warren truss approach spans
Length of largest span: 284.1 ft.
Total length: 2,050.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 9.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
- Also called
- Norfolk-Portsmouth Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +36.80857, -76.29108 (decimal degrees)
36°48'31" N, 76°17'28" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 18/384914/4074385 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Norfolk South
- Inventory numbers
- VA 21931 (Virginia bridge number)
BH 33648 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- July 30, 2019: New photos from Douglas Butler
- February 7, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
- October 5, 2014: New photos from Douglas Butler
- October 2, 2012: New photo from Jann Mayer
- July 13, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added designer
- April 24, 2011: Updated by C Hanchey: Bridge was removed in 2010
- February 25, 2009: Essay added by C Hanchey
- C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
- Jann Mayer - jannmayer [at] gmail [dot] com
- Douglas Butler