What used to be THE most unique rest stop along the eastern seaboard is now closed to the public.  The southernmost island of the CBBT, which was home to Virginia Originals and Chesapeake Grill as well as a 625-foot fishing pier, is now closed to the public as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel “tunnels forward” with the construction of a parallel tunnel at Thimble Shoal Channel.

Construction is anticipated to take approximately 5 years with an estimated completion in 2022.  Upon completion of the tunnel project, a newly-renovated fishing pier will open to the public in 2023.

Virginia Originals has opened a small gift shop within the North Toll Plaza Rest Area and Welcome Center and welcomes travelers to stop in and browse for that unique gift or perfect memento.   MORE>>

Travelers may stop to stretch their legs and enjoy scenic views of this engineering marvel and the Chesapeake Bay from the Scenic Overlook, located at the southern tip of Virginia’s Eastern Shore at Wise Point.  MORE>>

To learn more about the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel Project, click here.

One Island on the Bay – A.K.A. Sea Gull Island
CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2017

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One Island on the Bay is located on the southernmost of the Bridge-Tunnel’s four manmade islands, 3-1/2 miles from Virginia Beach. This island, which provided the traveling public a unique opportunity to stop, stretch their legs, cast a line, bird-watch, or just take in the natural beauty and sounds of the Chesapeake Bay, is now CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC as construction  of the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel is now underway.


Chesapeake Grill & Virginia Originals 
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CLOSED FOR BUSINESS.

Virginia Originals has closed its doors to the public.  For many years, this establishment offered a unique traveler experience.  The island on which it sits will remain closed to the public as construction of the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel commences on this island.

NOW OPEN… Virginia Originals has opened a small retail gift shop within the North Toll Plaza Rest Area Building located at the southern tip of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.  MORE>>

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Fishing Pier
CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2017

The CBBT’s Fishing Pier is now closed to the public as we “tunnel forward” with construction of the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel.  Upon the completion of the tunnel project, plans are to renovate the fishing pier and re-open to the public in 2023.

 

 

Scenic Overlook/Rest Area

If you are a camera buff and are looking for that perfect vantage point to photograph the Bridge-Tunnel be sure to stop at our Scenic Overlook.  The overlook is located on the west side of the roadway at the southern tip of Virginia’s Eastern Shore and provides a parking area to accommodate cars, recreational vehicles and buses, and viewing machines to magnify the views of the Chesapeake Bay. In addition to the scenic overlook, the rest area located on the north end of the Bridge-Tunnel provides our customers with restroom facilities, telephones, and vending machines.

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