Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

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Northhampton Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA, USA - 1-757-331-2960

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Zagnut66 Zagnut66
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Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Mar 27, 2017
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is about to get a makeover. Originally there was a bridge, then a tunnel, then another bridge, then another tunnel, then a final bridge connecting to the opposite mainland. The two tunnels formed shipping lanes overhead for vessels entering and leaving the bay. In the 1990s a second series of bridges were added to handle the increased traffic, but the single tunnels remained.

Not for long. In October 2017 work will begin on two new tunnels, meaning the traffic from the twin bridges will no longer be funneled into the single tunnels. The project is expected to last for five years with everything complete in 2022.

Unfortunately the construction will force the closing of the artificial island where the southern bridges connect to the south tunnel. Currently there is a rest stop and restaurant on the island, plus viewing platforms and a long fishing pier. It's a great place to watch the ships go past to and from the Atlantic, as you're literally standing in the middle of the mouth of the bay. For anyone traveling through eastern Virginia, now is the time to enjoy the views since they're about to disappear for several years.
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sylviandavid says:
Really interesting!
Posted on: Aug 14, 2017
alyssa_ob says:
I have only been over that once and it scared me! I didn't know what a bridge tunnel was and suddenly I found myself driving under water! I was not a fan!
Posted on: Apr 06, 2017
cimtech says:
I am planning a trip in 2017 summer, thanks for sharing !
Posted on: Apr 03, 2017
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Andy99 Andy99
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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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sylviandavid says:
Nice review .... Like a travel guide at the front of the bus ... so informative.
Posted on: Aug 14, 2017
spocklogic says:
I was just reading a review by Glynnes on the Manhattan bridge in NY. I commented that I had never seen a review of a bridge before, but liked the idea after reading the review. NJTProadcruiser commented that 'The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco has 27 reviews!'. Well, East coast cannot be outdone by West Coast. So, I went searching for bridge reviews here and ran across this one. I know this bridge well of course. The review looked rather unfairly neglected as this is an engineering marvel. Maybe you should update/refresh and see if it gets more bites.
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011

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