Modern Marvels

Season 8 Episode 5

Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 07, 2001 on The History Channel
out of 10
User Rating
2 votes

By Users

Episode Summary

Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel
Named one of the seven engineering wonders of the modern age, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel connects Virginia proper with its easternmost landmass. Stretching 17 miles across the historic Chesapeake Bay, the structure represents a man-made boundary between the Bay and the Atlantic. The structure includes two 2-lane highways supported mostly by trestles, four man-made and one natural island, two truss bridges, and two revolutionary sunken tube tunnels.moreless
No results found.
No results found.
No results found.

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Federal law mandates that the entire Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel complex be inspected every five years. Because it takes inspectors five years to cover the bridge, the job never ends.

      • The Cheasapeake Bay Bridge & Tunnel is so large that during construction surveyors had to take measurements from atop a 110 foot tower to see over the curvature of the earth.

      • The tops of the trestles on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge & Tunnel are aligned so precisely that across the 17 1/2 mile structure they only deviate by half an inch.

      • The $10 toll to cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel is currently the highest bridge toll in America.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: It bridges one of America's most historic bodies of water, it's been described as a drive over the ocean, it's a collection of bridges, roadways and tunnels spanning a distance nearly as wide as the English Channel. Now, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Jim McCarty
        Asst. Engineer, Sverdrup Civil, Inc.

        Paul A. Burnette
        Dir. of Maintenance, CBBT District

        James K. Brookshire
        Executive Director, CBBT District

        Walter C. Grantz
        Chief Engineer, CBBT District

        Gordon Pennington
        Design Engineer, Sverdrup Civil, Inc.

        C.J. McCarty
        Construction Insp., Sverdrup Civil Inc.

        Stephen W. Yordy
        Sr. Project Manager, Sverdrup Civil, Inc

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Producer: Robert Ziel
        Writer: Robert Ziel
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Consulting Producer: Henry Schipper
        Editor: Avi Fisher
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Music: Alan Ett
        Production Manager: Linda K. Clark
        Post Producer: Scott Berkson
        Clearance Supervisor: Charlotte Carpenter
        Clearance Coordinator: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Barry Hill
        Researcher: Kristina Djokic
        Researcher: Anthony Lacques
        Researcher: Gloria Morris
        Historical Consultant: James Brookshire
        Historical Consultant: Walter C. Grantz
        Historical Consultant: Lorraine J. Smith
        Footage Consultant: Ted Troll
        Camera: Dylan S. O'Brien
        Camera: Tom Petrie
        Field Audio: Ben Moyer
        Post Production Supervisor: Jason Steinberg
        Post Production Coordinator: Gary Reid
        Assistant Editor: Kame Stoll
        Post Production Assistant: Stephen Franklin
        Online Editor: David Rex
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Douglas A. Whitney
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Assistant Production Accountant: Detricia Meza
        Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Production Coordinator: Kathy Exner
        Production Assistant: Maryalice R. Aragon
        Production Assistant: Suni Nivens

        Special Thanks:
        Paige Addison
        Alcar, Inc.
        BVP Media, Inc.
        Capt. Dale Carlson
        Chesapeake Bay Helicopters, Inc.
        Lorraine J. Smith
        Virginia Pilot
        Kenny Yopp

        Supervising Producer: Beth Dietrich
        Executive Producer: Charlie Maday

    • ALLUSIONS (0)