Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel

By Deane Barker on February 17, 2005

Monitor-Merrimac Bridge-Tunnel – Aerial Photos: I just think this is the neatest thing. It’s a bridge that becomes a tunnel.

The curving 3.2-mile-long South Trestle is in the foreground. That connects to the South Island, where the south tunnel portal is, for the 4,800-foot long tunnel.

Located in Virginia.



  1. I drive over it every day going to work. You should check out the Chesapeak Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Now that one is amazing…

  2. I lived there and have been in it many times we come back on vaction from where we live now and we go down it still

  3. There is a tunnel in virginia beach that has a reseraunt next to the tubes. There are 2 tunnels that connect the bridge. I was born in hampton virginia and lived there for about 6 months and i remember once we walked to the beach and you could see both the bridge and the ocean at night. there were lights on the bridge and you could see them. I have not been on the bridge but some of my freinds have and they said that there is a resruant on each side and a pier to fish.

  4. I was a field construction engineer on the HRBT and the addition trestle projects on the Ches Bay BT just out of college….you all might be interested to know the reason for having tunnels in this area rather than more economical or prettier bridges….we have the largest navy base in the world here and they have always been afraid of having a bridge get bombed and having it block the channels our of the harbor…hence tunnels. I worked over the waters of the bay for two years on the ches bay tunnel expansion and yes…that trestle tunnel is quite a site….all paid for without tax dollars!!!!

  5. where exactly is this? how come when i searched for Oresund Bridge (bridge-tunnel which connects Sweden & Denmark) the same picture appears? i can’t trust google anymore!!!

  6. The Chesapeake Bay Tunnel scared the H..ll out of me, but I was half way across so I went all the way. Unfortunately, I had to look forward to holding on to my “behind” on the way back. All I could think of is “we are going under water in a tunnel”. I guess this kind of beauty is not attractive to me. Even the pictures scares me. Maybe one of these days Ill go thru it again but not anytime soon! lol!!!!!

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