Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

The original Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was built between 1960 and 1964. It connects between Cape Charles, VA on the Delmarva Peninsula, and the cities of Virginia Beach and Norfolk in southeastern Virginia. Prior to the bridge-tunnel’s construction, one could either take a ferry (which, despite making as many as 90 crossings a day, was not enough to fulfill demand) or take existing highways up the coast of Virginia to the north end of the peninsula, a trip which is about 90 miles longer than the bridge.

According to the description, “this is an aerial view of the north end of the bridge looking toward Norfolk” or, in other words, the view from the peninsula.

As you can see from photos on the official CBBT website, there is now a second bridge running parallel to the first; the first bridge occasionally had to be closed due to ships colliding with the pilings. The pilings on the second bridge are spaced differently from the first, making a collision on both bridges unlikely. However, both bridges merge into the existing tunnels, as the construction of additional tunnels has so far been cost-prohibitive.

The last I heard, the toll was $12, but between the cost of tolls and gas on the mainland routes, it’s still the better option.

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