Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (Virginia, USA) - 37 kilometer long bridge
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Cape Charles and Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
Date of build
September 7, 1960 - April 15, 1964 - the northern part
June 16, 1995 - April 19, 1999 - the southern part
- Other building names: Lucius J. Kellam, Jr. Bridge-Tunnel
- Building type: Bridge, Tunnel
- Architectural style: Modern
- Material: steel, concrete
- Cost: $ 200,000,000 - the northern part197 185 777 dollars - the southern part
Length: 27 358 meters (89,760 feet) - total length
24 140 meters - length of the bridge
1 609 meters - length of the tunnel
- Architect: Sverdrup & Parcel
The greater part of the complex is located on the water, it is supported by 5 114 piles and consists of: 12 miles of low-level roadway (road No. 13), two high-level North Channel Bridge bridges (1158 m long, 23 m high) and Fisherman Inlet Bridge (140 m long, 12 m high), two mile tunnel, two-mile high speed road, 4 islets and 5.5 miles of access roads.
Because of the great importance of transport in the bay, two one-mile underwater tunnels were built to allow ships to be transported over them. They are 7.3 meters wide and 4.1 meters high.
Four artificial islands, each with an area of approximately 10 acres, a weight of 1 183 295 tonnes each and a height of 30 feet, create a passage connecting the road with the tunnels. On one of the islands there is a souvenir shop, a restaurant and a car park from which you can admire the panorama.
Recognized in 1964 as one of the "Seven architectural wonders of the modern world", in a global competition that includes over 100 projects.
In 1965, he was awarded the title of "Outstanding achievement of architecture" by the American Association of Engineers.
Since the opening of the building in 1964, more than 67 million cars have gone through the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
This building is the longest complex connecting the bridge with the tunnel in the world.
The depth of the water along the bridge is: 25 - 100 feet.
Official website: http://www.cbbt.com
"We have provided public transport for the necessary route through the beautiful Chesapeake Bay" - Architects