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post #1 of 11 Old Nov 26th, 2007, 9:58 am Thread Starter
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Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

Hi Guys,

In the Spring, I will be going on a fairly long trip, for me, anyway. I wanted to go over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. I know this is a stupid question, but they do allow motorcycle travel over the Chesapeake bay Bridge Tunnel, don't they ? I just assumed they did, but then I got to thinking that, maybe they don't. Any of you ride a bike over it ?

Thanks, Roy
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post #2 of 11 Old Nov 26th, 2007, 10:04 am
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Hi Roy,
Yes, they do allow MC travel over it. The cost is like 15 bucks or something for all travelers, not only the two wheeled kind - so be prepared to pay. It is beautiful or so I am told by some of my fellow Virginia riders who have been across it. Look me up when you get down here. The tunnel is something that is on my list of places to ride, just haven't made it there yet. I live in Richmond - so I don't really have a good excuse not to have made the trip.

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Be constantly on guard for strong gusty cross winds.
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Be constantly on guard for strong gusty cross winds.
I rode over the Bay Bridge Tunnel this past summer. It was a nice day (HOT) with no breeze at all. However, I have crossed this bridge/tunnel via cage several times when I was stationed in Virginia Beach, and wind gusts can come out of nowhere.

Also, if it's a bright sunny day, be careful when you first enter the tunnels. If for some reason they don't have the correct lighting configuration, your 'night vision' may take a few seconds to kick in.

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I went through it back in the 70's. The tunnels were full of exhaust smell and I had the feeling I was in one big roller coaster loop. Of course I was tired having driven all day from Rhode Island.

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I've been over the Bay Bridge Tunnel numerous times. It's a cash only toll. No EZ Pass. It is much nicer the last few years since they opened up the second bridge. You no longer have two way traffic. Each direction has it's own bridge. You do come together for the tunnels though. On the south side of the South tunnel there is a pull off area with concessions, restrooms and a fishing pier, accessible from either direction.

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I've been over the Bay Bridge Tunnel numerous times. It's a cash only toll. No EZ Pass. It is much nicer the last few years since they opened up the second bridge. You no longer have two way traffic. Each direction has it's own bridge. You do come together for the tunnels though. On the south side of the South tunnel there is a pull off area with concessions, restrooms and a fishing pier, accessible from either direction.
EZPass is being implemented on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge / Tunnel route this November. Should be in force by December. Two-axle toll is $12.00. If you want to do a round trip, save your receipt and the return trip is only $5.00.

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Hi Guys,

In the Spring, I will be going on a fairly long trip, for me, anyway. I wanted to go over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. I know this is a stupid question, but they do allow motorcycle travel over the Chesapeake bay Bridge Tunnel, don't they ? I just assumed they did, but then I got to thinking that, maybe they don't. Any of you ride a bike over it ?

Thanks, Roy
I live nearby and have relatives and property across the CBBT so I travel it reasonably frequently.

Don't let any comments here lead you to have any concern. It is just a bridge, albeit a long one. Winds are no problem except in stormy weather, Nor'easters, etc... In high wind conditions there are plenty of warnings and they restrict truck and trailer traffic. As in all circumstances, you make the choice.

For a southbound trip, Rt 13 and the CBBT is far more pleasant than the I-95 alternative through the Philly, Baltimore, Washington, Richmond corridor.

Good luck and have a great trip.

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Rode the CBB a few years ago on my way to Myrtle Beach. Crossed the bridge at sunset, it is definitely worth the toll...

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Just came through from VA. Beach. E-Z Pass is now in effect. Nice Mtcy Ride
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Bridge Info

Recently I planned a trip across the bridge on the LT. Last minutes circumstances changed my plans. However, I did get the contact information for weather conditions on the bridge, as follows:

"For accurate real time weather and road conditions, please contact the
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
at (757) 331-2960."

Website:

www.cbbt.com/weather.html

I put both the phone and website information into my cell. If I had taken the bridge, I planned to call before I committed myself to driving down from Maryland through Virginia to enter the bridge from the North. They do stop certain vehicle traffic (including motorcycles-see their website for wind speed milestones) above set wind conditions.

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