Tale of Two Bridges
Posted Aug. 1, 2019, by Maryland Good Sam Club
What you imagine when you hear "Bay Bridge" often depends on where you live. To Marylanders, it's the Chesapeake Bay Bridge that connects Annapolis, Maryland, to Kent Island. To others, it is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, which connects far eastern Virginia to the Virginia Beach area. Whichever you choose, it's an adventure.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge
Connects Annapolis to Kent Island and beyond to Delaware
4.3-mile bridge with a 75-foot height clearance.
IMPORTANT TRAVEL NOTICE:
On Sept. 30, the State of Maryland began a two-year major project on the bridge. The project will continue for two years. Between Sept. 30, 2019, and April 2020, the westbound right lane is closed 24/7 except during the Thanksgiving Holiday. In Mary 2020, right lane closures are possible based on work progress. From the Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day 2020, the right lane will be fully open for the summer travel schedule. Stay up-to-date on construction news online, bulletins via 1-877-BAYSPAN or on Twitter @TheMDTA
To some, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is so daunting that they pay someone else to drive their vehicle from one side to the other. In reality, while the bridge is massive, it's doable.
And it's important to note that the 186-foot-high Chesapeake Bay Bridge is not even in the top 25 of the tallest bridges in America. If you want frightening, cross the 955-foot high Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge, a major dual span bridge, is formally named the Gov. William Preston Lane Memorial Bridge. Locals simply refer to it as the Bay Bridge.
The Maryland Transit Authority advises travelers to never "wing it" over the bridge. Planning is key, and that includes regular checks of travel alerts. During the summer season, they suggest the best time to travel over the bridge is:
- Thursday & Friday: before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
- Saturday: before 7 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
- Sunday: between 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
Connects Southeastern Maryland to the Norfolk, Virginia, area
17.6 mile bridge two one-mile tunnels with a height clearance of 13 feet, 6 inches
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel that stretches above and below water from Virginia Beach/ Norfolk to Virginia's Eastern shore south of Maryland's Eastern shore.
The Tunnel Bridge is not connected to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland. In fact, they are nearly 200 land miles apart.
While the Bay Bridge further north is a dual span bridge, the Bay Bridge Tunnel is a low-level trestle bridge. The length of the bridge crosses an ocean straight and includes two one-mile tunnels that dip below water level so that boats can safely enter the bay. At each tunnel are man-made islands
The official name of the Bridge Tunnel is Lucius J. Kellam, Jr. Bridge-Tunnel.
Trip planning for the area can start at Visit Eastern Shore Virginia.
Source: Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel