Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

August, 2011

If one finds themselves in the Hampton Roads/Virginia Beach/Norfolk area or the eastern shore of Virginia, be sure to travel one of the most fun and interesting rides in the eastern portion of the United States: The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. The bridge-tunnel is a twenty-three (23) mile long combination of bridges, tunnels, causeways, and man-made islands. While claiming absolutely no tax dollars for support of its construction, the bridge-tunnel was also considered an engineering marvel for its time (mid-1960’s). A second span was completed in the late 1990’s. Anyway, it’s a pretty cool ride and can save considerable grief, time, and gas money when traveling from many of the northeastern states to the Hampton Roads area and beyond. As the bridge is located where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, it offers many scenic and relaxing views of landscapes, waterscapes, and waterfowl as well. While the ride involves a toll, it is worth taking, in my opinion. As they say, “Follow the gulls to the east coast scenic shortcut."

Adam Trotter / AVT

chesapeake bay bridge-tunnel