- Berkley Bridge (Virginia)
The Berkley Bridge is a double-leaf
bascule bridgeacross the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. It carries Interstate 264, U.S. Route 460 Alternate, and State Route 337 across the river, connecting the Berkley neighborhood south of the river with downtown Norfolk to the north. The toll-free facility is one of only a small number of movable bridges on the Interstate Highway System.
At each end af the bridge is a complicated interchange. On the downtown side, US 460 Alternate and SR 337 both exit onto city streets. On the Berkley side, I-264 and US 460 Alternate turn west through the
Downtown Tunnel(under the Southern Branch of the river), while Interstate 464 begins, heading south, and SR 337 uses I-464 to reach surface streets.
History, earlier bridges
The town of Berkley was in
Norfolk County, Virginia. It was located directly across the eastern branch of the Elizabeth River across from the city of Norfolk. In 1909, the incorporated townof Berkley in Norfolk County was annexed by the independent cityof Norfolk, and is now considered a neighborhood of that city. (The town of Berkley and Norfolk County are both now extinct. In 1963, remaining portions of Norfolk County were consolidated with the city of South Norfolk to form the new city of Chesapeake).
There have been several incarnations of a Berkley Bridge. An earlier Berkley Bridge was built before 1922, east of the present one, along Main Street. A replacement for that span, in the present location, was completed in 1952 as part of the original
Norfolk-Portsmouth Bridge-Tunnelproject between the city of Portsmouth and Norfolk. The project was funded with toll revenue bonds. When the bonds were fully repaid, the tolls were removed.
1991: eight lanes and I-464
In 1991, during an expansion of I-264, the
Downtown Tunneland the Berkley Bridge were rebuilt and expanded to eight lanes, including a new interchange for Interstate 464which connects the Berkley area with Interstate 64in the independent city of Chesapeake.
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