Construction Will Create 2-Way Traffic on Portion of CBBT

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Construction on the northbound lanes of the CBBT, beginning in early February, will divert northbound bridge-tunnel vehicles onto the southbound span as they exit the Chesapeake tunnel, creating two-way traffic from the northernmost tunnel island to the toll plaza. During construction, which expected to be complete by May, the scenic overlook will be closed, and no passing will be allowed in the construction zone. Submitted image.

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Phase II of the milling and paving project is about to get underway at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, and authorities are alerting drivers to a change in traffic patterns.

Beginning Feb. 6, travelers are advised to remain alert and travel with caution across the northern portion of the CBBT as all northbound traffic is diverted to the southbound span of “C” trestle, creating a bi-directional flow of traffic for approximately 10 miles.

The CBBT will remain open to all traffic throughout the project, but for safety reasons, a portion of the four-lane facility will reduce to two lanes to allow for the paving of the northbound span. Absolutely no passing will be allowed. Additionally, the scenic overlook will be temporarily closed to the public during this phase of the project.

Phase II of the milling and repaving project on the northern portion of the CBBT will begin at Portal Island #4 and continue across “C” Trestle northbound to Fisherman Island.

This project is scheduled to be complete with all lanes open to traffic in May 2020, just in time for the spring/summer tourism season. The scenic overlook will reopen to travelers at this time as well.

Allan Myers Inc. was awarded the capital project to mill and repave the trestles in July 2019. Phase I of this project began in September 2019 and included the repaving of the dual southbound lanes of “C” trestle. Phase II will include the repaving of the dual northbound lanes of “C” Trestle.

This is the first repaving project performed since the Parallel Crossing Project, Phase I, was complete in 1999.