4th Annual Commuters Care Food Drive: February 2018

food drive  This February, the SNJB hosts the 4th Annual Commuters Care Food Drive with a goal of collecting 500 pounds. Every canned or non-perishable food item donated earns a ticket into drawings for one of ten $50.00 Virginia E-ZPass Reload Cards. The Reload Card funds can be applied to any existing or new Virginia E-ZPass account and used to travel on any toll facility in Hampton Roads and in 15 other states from North Carolina to Maine. All food donations benefit Oasis Social Ministry in Portsmouth. There is no limit to the amount of tickets that can be earned, but individuals are only eligible to receive one (1) E-ZPass Reload Card award. Prize drawings are held by March 31, 2018, and winners will be notified by phone and e-mail.

Oasis Social Ministry

  Commuters Care Food Drive donations are accepted on weekdays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm OR 1:30 - 4:30 pm at the SNJB Operations Office:

Inside the Portlock Building
3815 Bainbridge Boulevard
Chesapeake, VA 23324
(757) 932-8518

Toll Shelter Art Contest Winner Announced

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For the past five years, the toll shelter situated next to South Norfolk Jordan Bridge’s Chesapeake entrance has featured a basic battleship grey exterior. But that entrance also marks the apex of a sidewalk that connects Elizabeth River Park to the bridge’s Pedestrian Walkway, making it a highly-visible “gateway” for walkers, joggers and more. As a result, bridge officials decided to reinvent the toll shelter to double as a public art installation and launched a contest to solicit designs for the unique site.

The contest was limited to Virginia artists age 16 and older, and welcomed more than a dozen unique and colorful designs vying for a $1,500 prize. The entries ranged from historical to futuristic, geometric to iconic, pastel to bold. To select the final design, a panel of judges reviewed each entry while considering the artist’s inspiration for their work. Judges included Allison Termine, Dickson Librarian at the Jean Outland Chrysler Library in Norfolk; Capt. Daniel M. Rossler, USN, Norfolk Naval Shipyard Executive Officer; and Tyson Dubbe, Associate at Retnauer Baynes Associates LLC and artist serving the Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission.

“The judges had a difficult time selecting just one image from the collection of entries submitted by talented regional artists,” says General Manager Kevin Crum. “The design of the bridge is a work of art itself, and we believe in the powerful community connection provided by the infusion of public art."

After much deliberation, the judges selected an original work submitted by Norfolk artist Peter Geiger. His “fingers” design was crafted to mimic the columns of the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge while the three hands pictured also create a bridge when they touch. Where the fingers contact the surface of the water in the scene, it also symbolizes the closeness our communities have to the water, notably the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge and the Elizabeth River’s Southern Branch.

“The South Norfolk Jordan Bridge is a Hampton Roads icon with its impressive height and gracefully proportioned spans. I’m so glad to have my work displayed on this beautiful bridge. I tried to keep the work simple enough to be easily grasped, yet bold enough to leave an impression. I hope my art compliments the architecture of the bridge and leaves a positive impression on those traveling,” says Peter Geiger.

Geiger was born in Lubbock, TX, in 1973. He grew up an Air Force dependent, moving frequently stateside and also in Germany. In 1996, Geiger graduated from JMU with a degree in painting and drawing. From 2000—2001, he served in the Peace Corps teaching art in Ghana, Africa. He returned to Hampton Roads, earning an MFA in Visual Studies from ODU in 2007. Since that time, he has taught numerous art classes at local colleges while continuing to pursue a career as a professional artist.

Pictured above, Geiger’s design will be digitized into an 8’ x 12’ mural and installed on the north-facing wall of the bridge’s toll shelter to complement the bridge’s 5th anniversary celebrated on October 26th.

Order Your Custom Walkway Plaque Today

plaque samples cropCelebrate a loved one or special memory with a custom, engraved plaque on the SNJB Walkway.

Starting at $100, plaques are available in two sizes and display your custom message high above the Elizabeth River. Order your tribute online today, and visit often to enjoy its lasting message!

Fundraising opportunities also are available to help local non-profit groups pave their way to profits by selling the plaques on commission. Contact our Commemorative Products Coordinator for more information at #545-3444 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.