VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The company constructing a new parallel tunnel at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel will be launching a toll relief fund for drivers who were stuck on the 17-mile expanse for several hours, officials say.
The bridge-tunnel reopened early Tuesday morning — around 17 hours after an accident involving a tractor-trailer operated by Chesapeake Tunnel Joint Venture (CTJV).
CBBT officials said CTJV was moving a piece of large construction equipment from One Island to Two Island late Monday morning when the accident happened. The equipment hit the top of the Thimble Shoal Tunnel around 11 a.m. and fell onto the roadway.
The tractor-trailer did not have to go through toll lanes, meaning the height of the equipment was not checked by the CBBT’s system, officials said. The maximum height allowed on both of the CBBT’s tunnels is 13 feet 6 inches.
10 On Your Side reached out to CTJV for comment. However, officials said it’s too early in the investigation for them to answer our questions.
Drivers camped out on the bridge-tunnel during the closure, as crews tried to clean up the accident scene. Traffic was completely reopened around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The driver of the tractor-trailer is expected to be ticketed for having a load over the limit.
Officials said more information about the toll relief fund will be released when it becomes available.