Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
Opened in 1964, the 23-mile fixed link Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, still the world’s longest complex, capped a series of post-World War II transportation links. The first tunnels led out of Norfolk in the 1950s, connecting it with Portsmouth in 1952 and the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel opened for traffic in 1957. Regional growth spurred the 1992 Monitor-Merrimac Bridge-Tunnel. A system of ferries predated these engineering marvels, and the original James River Bridge between Newport News and Isle of Wight County was the world’s longest connection over the water when completed in 1928.
Location: Virginia Beach
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