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Construction of a $756 million parallel tunnel on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel broke ground yesterday.

There were dozens of dignitaries on hand to attend the ceremony for the Thimble Shoals project.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Chesapeake Grill restaurant and the Virginia Originals gift shop where the ceremony was held will disappear with the construction.

There is a toll increase to pay for the construction.

But officials stress that the construction cost will still be the lowest per mile compared to others projects on the East Coast.  

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The family of a North Carolina driver is mourning his death after his vehicle plunged into the mouth the Chesapeake Bay from the Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

Authorities say the tractor-trailer of 47 year old Joseph Chen’s veered off the bridge last week.

He died after being airlifted to safety by a Navy helicopter.

Chen’s stepson Chris Moore told the Salisbury Daily Times that his father “…never met a stranger…that he always had a smile on his face.”  

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The wife of a man who died when his tractor-trailer plunged off a bridge into the Chesapeake Bay says "he was an awesome husband."

Forty-seven-year-old Joseph Chen of Greenville, North Carolina, died Thursday, shortly after he was plucked from the frigid water by a U.S. Navy helicopter crew. After the truck fell into the bay amid strong winds, Chen was briefly seen standing on top of the trailer.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - For the second time in a week, a dead whale has been spotted in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

Media outlets report that the whale was spotted over the weekend near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center spokesman Matt Klepeisz says a team is working to determine the exact location and how to bring the body to shore.

Klepeisz says early estimates put the whale at about 30 feet, which is "consistent with the size animal we would expect to see in this area."

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Two boaters were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard yesterday morning when they ran aground on an island of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

The Coast Guard picked up the two leaving the boat behind in the face of deteriorating weather conditions.

There were no reports of injuries.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports there is a small craft advisory around the bridge until 1 p.m. with waves as high as 3 to 5 feet.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a driver whose truck plunged into the Chesapeake Bay.
 
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Police Chief Edward Spencer says 33-year-old Matthew Killmon of Wachapreague was trying to pass a slower vehicle when he went over the edge of the bridge-tunnel Wednesday.
 
Media outlets report Killmon is being treated at a hospital for a broken arm, facial lacerations and hypothermia.
 
Spencer says an investigation is ongoing.
 

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A truck driver was hospitalized in stable condition after his 20-foot tractor-trailer plunged into the Chesapeake Bay.

Authorities say the accident occurred Wednesday when the driver tried to pass a slower vehicle on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. The driver's name was not immediately released.

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Snow has swept across Delmarva bringing as much as 6 inches to some parts of the region.

Schools have been closed and government offices have shut their doors as residents begin to assess the damage.

Stockley, Delaware received 6 inches of snow while Millsboro experienced 4.7 inches.

New Castle saw got 2.2 inches while Greenville received 2.6 inches.  

DART First State has suspended its fixed route, flex service and paratransit service.

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It’s been eleven days since a tornado touched down at Cherrystone Campground on the Virginia Eastern Shore killing two and leaving 36 injured.

Now, area residents say they saw a waterspout yesterday near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

The Salisbury Daily Times says the reports came in around noon and resulted in the bridge being closed temporarily.

None of the bridge-tunnel employees could make a visual confirmation but the National Weather Service did say radar showed some type of disturbance.

There were no reports of injuries or property damage.

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A tractor-trailer has gone over the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel into the water this morning after hitting a light pole.

The Virginia Pilot is reporting that the Virginia Beach Fire Department Battalion said the truck went over at the 15 mile marker.

The paper says that the U.S. Coast Guard says navy divers have located one person in the water who was unresponsive.

The Navy has a helicopter at the scene along with the divers.

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