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What is the CBBT's Official Name?

It took nearly all of 1961 for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Commission to vote on the name for the new structure that would connect the Eastern Shore to South Hampton Roads.

Suggestions included the Virginia Capes Bridge-Tunnel, the Virginia Capes Crossover, oceanway and seaway. Lucius J. Kellam, Jr. – yes, the one it’s now named after, said in a June 1961 Virginian-Pilot story that he didn’t want people to think they were going on a boat ride, so he hoped oceanway and seaway would be eliminated from contention.

By October, the commission decided to stick with the name that had been attached to the project from the start, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

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