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Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

Located in Virginia, this bridge–tunnel is 23-mile (37 km) long. It opened in 1964 and links the Delmarva Peninsula with Virginia Beach and the Hampton Roads. As its name implies, the structure functions as both a bridge and a tunnel. It’s one of the most spectacular bridges in the world.

Many people have a fear that when they drive over a bridge, they'll end up in the water. This engineering masterpiece makes sure you do that, if in a controlled and dry manner. Also: twenty-three friggin' miles. Half a century ago, 2,000 workers crossed 17 miles of water with concrete, steel and rock. Seven would die. The others lived to tell of ferocious storms and hard-charging men. The crossing was officially named the Lucius J. Kellam Jr. Bridge–Tunnel. As of May 2018 the Chesapeake Bay Bridge–Tunnel has been crossed by more than 130 million vehicles. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel has suffered three major ship accidents which caused the bridge tunnel system to be closed.

 

 

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