With United States infrastructure in crisis, United Bridge Partners was created in 2010 to address the problem using fully-private capital . As recently as 2014, 25% of all existing bridges were rated structurally deficient or functionally obsolete by the Federal Highway Administration. Because publicly-available funds have proven insufficient to finance their replacement, our innovative capital investment strategy offers to communities a unique solution requiring no local, state or federal money. In fact, via our South Norfolk Jordan Bridge experience, UBP has developed and refined a proprietary model for sourcing, financing, building and operating private toll bridges.
United Bridge Partners provides private capital to rebuild crumbling U.S. public bridge infrastructure. Government funding is grossly insufficient to solve the problem, and the backlog is getting bigger every year.
Currently, United Bridge Partners (UBP) owns and operates the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge which was the first fully-electronic toll facility in Virginia.
Classified as structurally deficient by the US Coast Guard and closed in late 2008, the original Jordan Bridge (inset, circa 1928) provided a vital river crossing of the Elizabeth River’s Southern Branch.
UBP’s private infrastructure investment in the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge delivered a high-rise, tolled solution that restored the route at no cost to the City of Chesapeake in just under two years from groundbreaking to grand opening. This modern bridge eliminated former access barriers including weight restrictions and railroad crossings while supporting military readiness with direct access to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. The new structure also bolstered the city’s shipping capabilities by incorporating channel enhancements to accommodate Post-Panamax sized vessels.
Currently, the mile-long bridge serves an average of 10,000 vehicles each day in the Hampton Roads region of Southeast Virginia.
The Cline Avenue Bridge was closed and condemned in 2009 after 26 years of service across the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal in East Chicago. Formerly, over 35,000 vehicles traversed the bridge daily to reach Chicago, three Lake Michigan casinos and several major regional employers including the BP Whiting Refinery.
Approved by the Indiana Department of Transportation, designs are in place for a new, 1.2-mile bridge on State Road 912 that will include LED lighting on the piers and make it a gateway attraction.