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.