Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
Northhampton Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA, USA
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A highway link across the Chesapeake Bay Sep 23, 2009
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is a 17.6 mile (24 km) long series of highway bridges and two tunnels across the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The Bridge-Tunnel complex links the Virginia Peninsula and Tidewater regions with the Delmarva Peninsula and the Eastern Shore. Before the opening of the Bridge-Tunnel in 1964, the only way to cross the Chesapeake Bay was by ferry between Norfolk and Cape Charles, VA.
The Bridge-Tunnel is a part of US Highway 13. As well as directly linking two parts of Virginia, the Bridge-Tunnel expedites travel between southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland and Tidewater Virginia and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel has been called one of the "Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World". It consists of three different types of structures: twelve miles of low-level bridges, two mile-long tunnels under shipping lanes, and two high-level bridges over navigation channels. Originally it was a two-lane structure (one lane in each direction). An additional set of bridges was completed in 1999, permitting two travel lanes in each direction over the bridges. (The tunnels remain one lane in each direction.)
Four artificial islands support the tunnel entrances. The southernmost island, at Thimble Shoals, three miles off Virginia Beach, has a wayside where cars can pull off and park for a scenic view of the Chesapeake Bay. There is also a public fishing pier here and the Sea Gull Pier snack bar and gift shop.
The toll for the crossing is $12.00. A discounted $5.00 return toll (within 24 hours) is offered.
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