For 58 years, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel has captured worldwide attention. Let’s take a look back to see how it came to be.
A ferry service carried travelers between Virginia’s Eastern Shore and the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area
The Chesapeake Bay Ferry District and the Chesapeake Bay Ferry Commission was created and began the operation of the ferries.
The General Assembly authorized the Ferry Commission to explore the construction of a fixed crossing.
The Chesapeake Bay Ferry Commission sold $200 million in revenue bonds to private investors. No local, state or federal tax money was used in the construction of the project.
Just 42 months after construction began – the Bridge-Tunnel opened to traffic and ferry service was discontinued.
The Bridge-Tunnel was officially named the Lucius J. Kellam, Jr. Bridge-Tunnel in honor of the man who spearheaded the project as it moved from a vision to a reality.
The Bridge-Tunnel opened Phase I of the Parallel Crossing, which expanded the two-lane facility into four lanes.
The Commission approved a resolution for the acceleration of the construction of a parallel tunnel at Thimble Shoal Channel.
The Commission awarded Phase II of the Parallel Crossing Project to Chesapeake Tunnel Joint Venture in the amount of $756,987,318.
Construction began on the parallel tunnel at Thimble Shoal Channel.