PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – The South Norfolk Jordan Bridge is set to reopen Saturday three weeks after the fire at the Wheelabrator Portsmouth facility.

According to a press release, the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge has reopened to thru traffic early this evening. Wheelabrator contractors safely removed the damaged conveyor and reopened Elm Avenue.

The fire occurred on Dec. 16 around 11:50 a.m. and caused significant damage to a conveyor belt duct at Wheelabrator Portsmouth. The large conveyer belt, which moves the trash from the facility, caught fire and caused significant damage to the facility.

Since then, crews had been working to repair the damage caused by the fire. The Jordan Bridge has remained closed since the fire and pedestrian and vehicular thru traffic has not been permitted on that portion of Elm Avenue.

The General Manager of South Norfolk Jordan Bridge, Kevin Crum, released the following statement following the bridge’s reopening:

We are appreciative of the community’s support and patience throughout the conveyor repair and removal process conducted by Wheelabrator and their contractors. We recognize the closure caused significant transportation and economic impacts to NNSY, surrounding residents, and businesses, and we look forward to serving the community in 2023.

General Manager of South Norfolk Jordan Bridge, Kevin Crum

SNJB customers will not experience any increase in tolls as a result of the traffic and revenue that was lost due to the closure.

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