Friday, April 15, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Opened Today in 1964

April 15, 1964 - The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel opened - named one of the 7 modern engineering wonders of the world.

From shore to shore, the Bridge-Tunnel measures 17.6 miles (28.4 km) and is considered the world's largest bridge-tunnel complex. Construction of the span required undertaking a project of more than 12 miles of low-level trestle, two 1-mile tunnels, two bridges, almost 2 miles of causeway, four manmade islands and 5-1/2 miles of approach roads, totaling 23 miles.

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