2006 Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk

 
Once all the race boats were heading south, the huge mass of observers on the bridge resumed walking. We're now crossing the main suspension bridge; the right-hand picture is looking back towards the eastern shore. You can click on the right-hand picture to enlarge it; use your browser's "back" command to return here.

 
Looking up at the steelwork of the suspension bridge. I was surprised by how small the main suspension cables were; in fact, the whole bridge structure looked very lightweight, even flimsy. I guess I'm used to big beefy suspension bridges like the George Washington Bridge over the Hudson River. Of course, the GWB carries 14 lanes of traffic while the Bay Bridge carries only two. It must a good design, though, since it's been carrying heavy traffic since 1952 (it's as old as I am!). You can click on this picture to enlarge it; use your browser's "back" command to return here.   After crossing the main suspension bridge, we got a good view of the walkers heading downhill to the western shore.

 
This is one of the towers of the northern suspension bridge, which carries three lanes of traffic and was opened in 1973.   Here's a nice view of the northern span of the Bay Bridge. You can just make out the cantilever bridge at the right side of the picture. You can click on this picture to enlarge it; use your browser's "back" command to return here.

 
As the roadway curved to the right, we reached a good viewpoint for both bridges. You can click on the right-hand picture to enlarge it; use your browser's "back" command to return here.

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