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Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel


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The original proposal for the crossing was a high-level bridge, but the design was changed to the current design after U.S. Navy objected, citing concerns that a collapse (accidental or intentional) of a high level bridge could cause a large portion of the Atlantic fleet based at Naval Station Norfolk to be blocked from access to the Atlantic.


Bridge-tunnel over/under Chesapeake Bay on US 13
Northampton County, Virginia, and Norfolk, Virginia
Open to traffic
Northbound lanes built 1964; Soutbound lanes built 1995-9
- American Bridge Co. of New York (1964 Contractor)
- Hardaway Co. of Columbus, Georgia (1995-9 Joint Venture)
- Interbeton, Inc. of Rockland, Massachusetts (1995-9 Joint Venture)
- Kiewit Corporation of Omaha, Nebraska (1964 Contractor)
- Merritt-Chapman & Scott Corporation of New York, New York (1964 Contractor)
- PCL Construction Enterprises of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (1995-9 Joint Venture)
- Raymond International of Ontario, California. (1964 Contractor)
- Sverdrup & Parcel of St. Louis, Missouri (1964 Engineer; 1995-9 Consulting Engineers)
- Tidewater Construction Co. of Chesapeake, Virginia (1964 Contractor)
3,793.2ft Warren through truss (North Channel NB)
3,100.2ft Pre-stressed Concrete Stringer (North Channel SB)
7,941.3ft Tunnel (Chesapeake Channel Tunnel)
8,187.4ft Tunnel (Thimble Shoal Tunnel)
17,587.8 Concrete tee beam ft (Trestle A NB)
17,608.8 ft Pre-stressed Concrete Stringer (Trestle A SB)
19,798.9ft Concrete tee beam (Trestle B NB)
19,998.0 ft Pre-stressed Concrete Stringer(Trestle B SB)
24,112.1ft Concrete tee beam (Trestle C NB)
24,337.1ft Pre-stressed Concrete Stringer (Trestle C SB)
1,351.1ft Concrete tee beam (Trestle D NB)
2,102.1ft Pre-stressed Concrete Stringer (Trestle D SB)
2,108.0ft Steel Stringer (Fisherman's Inlet NB)
1,094.2ft Steel Stringer (Fisherman's Inlet SB)
Length of largest span: 116.1 ft.
Total length: 121,440.0 ft. (23.0 mi.)
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Also called
Lucius J. Kellam Jr Bridge-Tunnel
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.98980, -76.10298   (decimal degrees)
36°59'23" N, 76°06'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/401846/4094309 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cape Henry
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
VA 12752 (Virginia bridge number)
VA 12751 (Virginia bridge number)
VA 12749 (Virginia bridge number)
VA 12750 (Virginia bridge number)
VA 12751 (Virginia bridge number)
VA 12753 (Virginia bridge number)
VA 12754 (Virginia bridge number)
VA 12755 (Virginia bridge number)
VA 26628 (Virginia bridge number)
VA 26721 (Virginia bridge number)
VA 26630 (Virginia bridge number)
VA 26631 (Virginia bridge number)
VA 26075 (Virginia bridge number)
VA 26056 (Virginia bridge number)
VA 12747 (Virginia bridge number)
BH 47760 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2015)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 69.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 10, 2015: Updated by Andy Peters: Bridges connects City of Virginia Beach with Northampton County, Va.
  • July 22, 2015: New Street View added by Luke
  • January 15, 2013: Updated by Andy Peters: adds link to official Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel site
  • January 19, 2011: Added by J.P.