Saturday, June 21, 2014

Saturday Snapshots: Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

Today we are linking up with Melinda at West Metro Mommy for Super Saturday Snapshots.


Today's photos are from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge tunnel connects the Hampton Roads area to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The structure that goes over the water is over 17 miles / 27km long and has 2 tunnels along the route. It provides a easy connection to Hampton Roads for the residents of the Eastern Shore. It is also a great route from Hampton Roads for traveling north to Philadelphia, New York etc as you bypass the Washington DC area and the traffic snarls that it always seems to have. Below are a few photos from around 10 years ago when we took a day trip out to the pier and visitor centre that is just before the first tunnel.


A view from the fishing pier that is just before the first tunnel. There is also a restaurant and a gift shop here. The pier can be popular with people fishing on a good day.

View from the pier back to Virginia Beach. Even though we are only a few miles out the city is almost on the horizon. When you are in the middle section of the bridge it is very hard to see land in any direction.

The first channel. The channel is here to allow bigger ships to access the Chesapeake Bay and the ports in Norfolk and surrounding area.

A navy ship going through the first channel. The world's largest Naval Base is nearby in Norfolk so it is not uncommon to see military ships going by here.

A map of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

The entrance to the first tunnel. It is a 2 way tunnel right now but there is discussion to build another tube so there is 2 lanes in each direction.


Have you visited the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel or something like it in the past?






9 comments:

  1. Very impressive. Love being near the ocean.

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  2. Sydney has two underwater tunnels- and I've been through the chunnel- on the train though so with the view you'd have in a car. I've never been on a super long bridge. Yet. They look so cool- I'd like to drive from Denmark to Sweden one day.

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  3. I love bridges, and what an awesome way to travel! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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  4. The water and boat pics remind me of Lake Superior.

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  5. I remember that bridge from when I was at school at W&M! Makes me kind of homesick!

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  6. That is such impressive engineering, but I have a phobia of bridges. Perhaps if I crossed that one it would cure me for ever.

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  7. Awesome photos, I've only ever been to the ocean once. It looks like a fun trip.
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

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  8. That's fascinating, great photos as well. Hope you're having a great weekend and thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Sharon - Sharon's Book Nook!

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  9. Love it!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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