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I took the above picture this past summer, while flying back from L.A. where I visited my daughter.
This is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, a four-lane 20-mile-long vehicular toll crossing of the lower Chesapeake Bay.
I drove on it several times on my way to Philadelphia on our frequent trips to visit the hubby’s family.
Here are some technical details about the bridge.
The facility carries US 13, the main north-south highway on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, and provides the only direct link between Virginia’s Eastern Shore and south Hampton Roads, Virginia. The crossing consists of a series of low-level trestles interrupted by two approximately one-mile-long tunnels beneath Thimble Shoals and Chesapeake navigation channels.
Total Length (including approach roads):
Length Toll Plaza to Toll Plaza:
Length Shore to Shore:
Depth of water along Route:
25 to 100 feet
Tunnels (Trench Type):
Thimble Shoal Tunnel: 5,734 feet in length, portal to portal
Chesapeake Channel Tunnel: 5,423 feet in length, portal to portal
*American Society of Civil Engineers 1965 award for “Outstanding Engineering Achievement”
*Designated “One of Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World” in 1965
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Wow thats a really nice shot.Welcome to the photo phiesta
That is amazing…what a great picture of it!
What a great picture!! It’s amazing what a little altitude will do. Welcome to the party:-)
Neat photo. It’s amazing what a change of perspective does to something.
What an amazing piece of engineering !!Welcome to the Fiesta 🙂
What a great picture! The water is so blue!
That is such a cool pic!
Hate riding that bridge. But good shot.
I would have never guessed that was bridge just from seeing the photo. Great explanation!
That is a great shot! I am not afraid of bridges, especially ones that go over water, so though pretty that terrifies me!
Cool photo! Welcome to photo phiesta!
That is an awesome picture but it gives me butterflies in my stomach. I have bridge issues since seeing a film in my Freshman engineering class. I’ll leave it at that.
Totally cool picture but I got sick to my stomache while I was reading the facts. I don’t think I could drive on it. I think I would be VERY nervous.
That pic is so cool–it looks like an abstract from way up there!
Cool picture!! Welcome to Candid Carrie’s Friday Photo Fun!!
Okay, can you totally say barf??? lol I could NOT drive that bridge, for sure! It is truly amazing though!
Love that picture! Welcome to the group! Thanks for sharing — Much LoveAnissa
Awesome picture! Welcome to the group!