Great Egg Harbor Bridge
The Great Egg Harbor Bridge is a toll bridge along the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey, with toll collected in the soutbound direction. It crosses the Great Egg Harbor River, connecting Upper Township, in Cape May County to Somers Point in Atlantic County. The bridge crosses over a section of Egg Harbor Township. The speed limit is 45 mph between Milepost 27 to Milepost 29, approaching and traversing the Great Egg Harbor Bridge, one of two stretches on the Parkway where the speed limit is so reduced (the other is between Milepost 126.7 and 127.7, approaching and traversing the Driscoll Bridge). The bridge runs just parallel to US 9 as it too crosses over the water. The Beesley's Point Generating Station can be seen past the US 9 bridge. Before the Great Egg Harbor Bridge was completed, traffic on the Garden State Parkway was detoured onto US 9 and over the Beesley's Point Bridge. This old alignment still exists today and is slowly being consumed by nature. In a twist of fate, Route 9 is now detoured onto the Great Egg Harbor Bridge. The Beesley's Point Bridge immediately to the west has deteriorated in the marine environment and has been closed to traffic since June 2004, although it is slated to reopen in 2012.