Coast Guard approves permit to build new South Norfolk Jordan Bridge

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard signed and approved the permit for Figg Bridge Developers to build the new South Norfolk Jordan Bridge, Friday.

Figg purchased the original Jordan Bridge, built in 1928, from the city of Portsmouth in May. They renamed it the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge and applied for a permit to construct a new high-level fixed, two-lane highway bridge.

“The average Coast Guard bridge construction permit process can take more than 12 months, but the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge permit process was reduced to approximately seven with the cooperation of local, state and federal agency partners and maritime waterway users in order to meet the reasonable needs of navigation as well as the urgent need to recapitalize the network of roadways in the area,” said Rear Adm. Wayne Justice, Coast Guard 5th District commanding officer. “The permitting process carefully considered all concerns that were received, and as a result, the new bridge has approximately a 20 percent wider clearance than originally proposed.

The South Norfolk Jordan Bridge is permitted to be 145 feet above mean high water and to have 270 feet of clearance between the fendering system to allow for maritime navigation. It is permitted to be 5,371 feet and 6 inches long.

Now that the permit has been issued, the Coast Guard will monitor Figg Bridge Developers construction to ensure the impact to navigation is minimized.

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