Nov
21

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

Today was a road trip. All day. Just Jim and me.

Pristine blue skies. Not a single cloud. And we were so amazed that the autumn colors were exploding all along the way. Absolutely gorgeous.

One of the highlights was crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Wow! I’m not sure I’ve ever crossed it on such a crystal clear day.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge TunnelWhen the Bridge-Tunnel opened in 1964, it was selected as “One of the Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World” in an international competition. And the following year, the American Society of Civil Engineers added the distinction of “The Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement.”

From shore to shore, the Bridge-Tunnel measures 17.6 miles (28.4 km) and is considered the world’s largest bridge-tunnel complex. I am amazed that anyone could even IMAGINE this: Two 1-mile tunnels, two bridges, 2 miles of causeway, and four man-made islands. Not only did someone conceive of this, but they then believed that it could be done…linking Southeastern Virginia and the Delmarva Peninsula. Crossing over and under open waters where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. Of course, that means that construction was accomplished under the severest conditions imposed by hurricanes, nor’easters, and the unpredictable Atlantic Ocean.
Honestly, what a commitment to make it happen!

Have to admit that I’ve had some fear and trepidation as I’ve considered this 30 Days of Content challenge. Writing every day for thirty days. How in the world is THAT going to happen? But I really want to do this. That’s the key, actually.

If someone can conceive, believe, and achieve the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, surely I can create blog content for thirty days. Right? Anything’s possible!

(Facts/details about the CBBT came from its website.)

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