Over and Under the Chesapeake Bay

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Mouth of the Chesapeake Bay off Virginia Beach
Time to day goodbye for now to the Historic Triangle and head for the Eastern Shore. To get there, we would use the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. I saw this as one of highlights of the trip. I'd wanted to drive the Bridge-Tunnel for a long time. The 17.6 mile (24 km) highway crossing of the Chesapeake Bay opened in 1964 and was enlarged in 1999.

The south end of the Bridge-Tunnel is in Virginia Beach. To get there from Williamsburg, we followed I-64 once again to Newport News, then through the tunnel under Hampton Roads to Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Exiting at US Highway 13 put us on a direct path for the Bridge-Tunnel. We stopped briefly at a Wawa for gas, just to be sure, as there are no services before you get across the bay. Then, after paying the toll ($12.00) we were on our way. Three miles of bridge out into the Chesapeake Bay is Seagull Island, an artificial island constructed for the first tunnel portal. A rest stop is located here, where you can get out of  the car and view the bay, passing shipping, and the shoreline. The small island also has a fishing pier and a snack bar and souvenir shop. Of course, I picked up the souvenir magnet here! Continuing on our way, we traversed the two tunnels and remaining bridge structures.  (The bridges are four lanes, divided, but the tunnels remain two lanes.)

The north end of the Bridge-Tunnel brought us to the tip of the Delmarva Peninsula.
vulindlela says:
It is an amazing structure....
Posted on: Oct 13, 2009
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Sea Gull Pier wayside in the Ches…
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Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel plaque
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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 Bri… read entire review