The Brooklyn Bridge of the South
The region's tallest bridge connects Chesapeake to the city of Portsmouth across the Elizabeth River's Southern Branch and offers sweeping, panoramic views from its soaring architectural curves. At 169' atop the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge, you can see for miles in every direction and just below you lies the Elizabeth River, which stretches as far as the eye can see. This modern marvel is higher than the Brooklyn Bridge and slightly lower than the Golden Gate Bridge. It is the highest bridge in Coastal Virginia, and the only bridge in the area that can be navigated by car, foot, or two-wheels.
A round-trip of the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge is about 3 miles and takes an hour to complete on foot. This popular walkers’ destination attracts locals and tourists alike who want to experience what’s been called the Brooklyn Bridge of the South.
The bridge opened in late 2012 and connects Chesapeake to the city of Portsmouth. On the Chesapeake side you will find the Elizabeth River Park, a beautiful waterfront park with a boat launch, Snack Shack, children's play area, and a picnic area to enjoy gentle breezes and family fun. The park features a ½ mile trail for you to take a leisurely walk or a quick run on your lunch break. Benches line the waterfront where you can soak in the view, or enjoy a tranquil moment at the variety of shelters, gazebos and pavilions.
For more information, consult the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge website.