Saturday, July 05, 2008

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

I was just talking with somebody about the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel the other day. For those who have never driven it, it is an amazing ride. Sadly, the drive to reach it southbound on the Delmarva Peninsula can be Still the payoff is worth it - 17.6 miles out in the middle of the water, with two tunnels thrown in for good measure.

Freeway Jim and Son put together a top-quality video of the drive across the CBBT, which has a $12 toll. I've been across the CBBT three times - once in the 70's, in 1986, and I drove it myself in 2001. Each time, we couldn't resist the appeal of stopping to use the facilities. There's something cool about stopping for a drink, bathroom, and souvenir break in the middle of a bridge (and tunnel).

This is one of three bridge-tunnels in the "Hampton Roads" area (including Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Hampton, Newport News and Chesapeake), but the CBBT is the granddaddy of them all (and also the only one with a toll).

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