Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

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CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) - A contract has been awarded for the construction of a new parallel tube to be added to the Thimble Shoal Channel Tunnel.

Media outlets report that the Dragados Team was awarded the project, which will begin in the fall of 2017. Construction of the new parallel tunnel at the Thimble Shoal Channel, one of two tunnels that make up the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel crossing, is expected to take about five years.

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a 50-year-old captain of a fishing vessel who apparently fell overboard east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

Crew from the 31-foot boat called the Coast Guard on Sunday to report Richard Nee missing. The boat was anchored south of Fisherman's Island near the entrance of the Chesapeake Bay.

Crew members said they believed Nee fell overboard while they were sleeping late Saturday or early Sunday.

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Navy divers have recovered the body of the driver of a tractor trailer that plunged into the water off the

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel yesterday.

The body was recovered from 26 feet of water.

Meanwhile, the tractor-trailer appears to have floated westward into the Chesapeake Bay.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Jeff Holland, executive director of the bridge-tunnel, says it appears that the tractor is still attached to the trailer.

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The price of going across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is going up by an average of 10 percent January 1st 2014.

For passenger cars the toll will go from $12 to $13 during off-peak periods and $15 during peak times – that is Fridays through Sunday between mid-May through mid-September.

There’s also a commuter told of $5 each way for 30 or more one-way trips within 30 days.

The new schedule was approved by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Commission was approved by a vote of 7-to-2 with both commissioners from Northampton County voting no.