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World's Longest Bridges: Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Virginia

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Longest Bridge-Tunnel Hybrid:
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Virginia

Length: 17.6 miles

A marvel of American engineering, US Route 13 connects Virgina Beach to the state’s rural Eastern Shore by a seemingly endless stretch of trestle bridges (more than 5,000 concrete piles total) before dipping suddenly under the bay into two one-mile-long tunnels, as if by magic. Four man-made islands are the secret to the trick. A major roadway for Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, the CBBT has impressively held its longest bridge-tunnel hybrid title for 50 years, even being called one of the Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World, despite challenges from abroad like the Øresund Link, which connects Copenhagen to Malmö, Sweden (a measly five miles long). cbbt.com


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