CHESAPEAKE - It's the day thousands of commuters and many Chesapeake businesses have been waiting for - the opening of the new South Norfolk Jordan Bridge. ;

The span which links Chesapeake and Portsmouth across the Elizabeth River's Southern branch will open to commuters on Monday, October 29.

'We've been waiting a while for this,' said Johnny Arrington, owner of Annette's Sandwich Shoppe in Chesapeake. 'We're ready to get our business back.'

Arrington's restaurant is just a few blocks from the new bridge.

People living nearby are anxious for the opening, too.

'It looks like a roller coaster that I'm ready to ride,' said Dana Wilson.

To celebrate, the official dedication on Friday, October 26, kicks off a weekend of events.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, many events, including a Bridge Bash and River Run, will celebrate the opening and the festivities end with a fireworks display at 7:30 p.m.

Tours of the span will be available until 6:30 p.m on Saturday.

Additional weekend activities include a 'Free Sunday Drive' on Sunday, October 28, 2012 from noon to 6 pm.

The span officially opens to traffic at 6:00 a.m. with special commemorative items distributed to the first 50 vehicles to cross the new bridge.

Tolls are collected via E-Z pass or vehicles must have a registered South Norfolk Jordan Bridge Pay by Plate account. Unregistered vehicles that travel the bridge will be invoiced for accrued travel fees. For a complete list of weekend events, go to the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge website or call 757/545-3444.

The opening was originally set for July 14, but the date was pushed back when a large piece of pre-fabricated concrete fell during construction in June.

The bridge will become the highest in Hampton Roads and replaces the Jordan Bridge, which closed in 2008,.

Click here for archived 13News reports on the Jordan Bridge.

Read or Share this story: