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Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

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Description 

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.

Facts 

Overview
Bridge-tunnel over/under Chesapeake Bay on US 13
Location
Northampton County, Virginia, and Norfolk, Virginia
Status
Open to traffic
History
Northbound lanes built 1964; Soutbound lanes built 1995-9
Builders
- 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 Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain (1964 Contractor)
- Sverdrup & Parcel of St. Louis, Missouri (1964 Engineer; 1995-9 Consulting Engineers)
- Tidewater Construction Co. of Chesapeake, Virginia (1964 Contractor)
Design
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)
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 116.1 ft.
Total length: 121,440.0 ft. (23.0 mi.)
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Also called
CBBT
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:
Fishermans Island
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 (as of 09/2015)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 69.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
4,385

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.

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