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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | September 3, 2005
CAPE CHARLES, Va. -- Robert Wooster Jr. hauls lumber from North Carolina to Salisbury, so he's driven the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel dozens of times. He's seen the sea gulls perched on the bridge lampposts, the ships heading to sea and the way the blue-green water shimmers in the late afternoon sun. But he had never stopped, until one day last month. What took so long? "We're 68 feet long, so there's nowhere for us to stop," says Wooster, 31. His 7-year-old son Robbie helpfully adds, "That's with truck and trailer."
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2013
The region's largest automobile club on Monday called on the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate a crash on the Bay Bridge that catapulted a car and its driver 27 feet into the Chesapeake Bay. "In my book, if a bridge doesn't get you from Point A to Point B dry, it's failed," said Lon Anderson, managing director of the 900,000-member AAA Mid-Atlantic. "On Friday night, the Bay Bridge failed. " That night, a tractor-trailer struck a car, sending it over the bridge barrier and into the water below.
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February 10, 1996
Percy Zell Michener, 92, a master builder whose crowning achievement in 40 years as a civil engineer was the 18-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, died Feb. 2 in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he lived.Mr. Michener oversaw the $200 million project for nine years from its conception to opening day on April 15, 1964.Mercer Ellington, 76, a trumpet player, arranger, composer and conductor who had led the Duke Ellington Orchestra after his father's death in 1974, died of heart failure Thursday in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2012
The Maryland Transportation Authority is upgrading its early warning weather system for the Bay Bridge — allowing it to close the span more quickly when strong gusts hit, instead of waiting for sustained winds. The agency has purchased advanced weather - monitoring instruments and is revising its policy about when to close the Bay Bridge in high winds to guard against accidents like the one on June 29 that nearly cost a truck driver his life. Officials said they were caught flat-footed by the violent storm — a derecho — that tore through the region, leaving millions without power and subjecting motorists on the bridge to one of the most frightening experiences of their lives.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2013
The region's largest automobile club on Monday called on the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate a crash on the Bay Bridge that catapulted a car and its driver 27 feet into the Chesapeake Bay. "In my book, if a bridge doesn't get you from Point A to Point B dry, it's failed," said Lon Anderson, managing director of the 900,000-member AAA Mid-Atlantic. "On Friday night, the Bay Bridge failed. " That night, a tractor-trailer struck a car, sending it over the bridge barrier and into the water below.
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By BRUCE REID | November 7, 1993
Kiptopeke, Va. -- At one of the outermost reaches of Chesapeake country, there's a place where you can feel a part of the grand scheme of things -- or at least feel you have an incredible seat for the show.Many of us see the magic and mystery of bird migration in small ways. A distant flock of geese, a line of blackbirds passing over the highway. And we think little of it. Some of us have visited Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge or Bombay Hook near Smyrna, Del., and seen masses of ducks or wading birds feeding and resting on the mud flats.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | December 20, 1999
KIPTOPEKE, VA. -- The crimson light of a Chesapeake Bay sunset bathes Gary C. Byler's study, filtering through a wall of glass into the airy family room and kitchen of the sprawling home where he moved with his wife and four young children a couple of years ago. Settled in a secluded 4-acre site on high sand dunes near the southernmost tip of the Delmarva Peninsula, the Bylers live a few steps from one of the bay's most pristine beaches, a...
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2012
The Maryland Transportation Authority is upgrading its early warning weather system for the Bay Bridge — allowing it to close the span more quickly when strong gusts hit, instead of waiting for sustained winds. The agency has purchased advanced weather - monitoring instruments and is revising its policy about when to close the Bay Bridge in high winds to guard against accidents like the one on June 29 that nearly cost a truck driver his life. Officials said they were caught flat-footed by the violent storm — a derecho — that tore through the region, leaving millions without power and subjecting motorists on the bridge to one of the most frightening experiences of their lives.
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October 26, 2000
Bodine's view of the bay Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Va., presents more than 100 photographs of the Chesapeake Bay taken by Baltimore-born photographer A. Aubrey Bodine from 1927 to 1970. Titled "Reflections on the Bay: The Photography of A. Aubrey Bodine," the exhibition, which opens Saturday, focuses on Bodine's love of the life and landscape of the Chesapeake Bay. Subjects include surf fishermen, oystermen, clam dredgers, the Cape Henry Lighthouse, and even construction of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.
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By FRANK ROYLANCE | September 1, 2009
A rare combination of persistent winds and a slowed Florida ocean current were the cause of unusually high tides in Maryland and all along the East Coast earlier this summer, scientists say. The two phenomena added several inches to as much as two feet to predicted high and low tides along the mid-Atlantic coast, and drew notice from coastal residents and scientists alike, according to a preliminary study released Monday by the National Oceanic and...
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | September 3, 2005
CAPE CHARLES, Va. -- Robert Wooster Jr. hauls lumber from North Carolina to Salisbury, so he's driven the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel dozens of times. He's seen the sea gulls perched on the bridge lampposts, the ships heading to sea and the way the blue-green water shimmers in the late afternoon sun. But he had never stopped, until one day last month. What took so long? "We're 68 feet long, so there's nowhere for us to stop," says Wooster, 31. His 7-year-old son Robbie helpfully adds, "That's with truck and trailer."
NEWS
By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | December 20, 1999
KIPTOPEKE, VA. -- The crimson light of a Chesapeake Bay sunset bathes Gary C. Byler's study, filtering through a wall of glass into the airy family room and kitchen of the sprawling home where he moved with his wife and four young children a couple of years ago. Settled in a secluded 4-acre site on high sand dunes near the southernmost tip of the Delmarva Peninsula, the Bylers live a few steps from one of the bay's most pristine beaches, a...
NEWS
February 10, 1996
Percy Zell Michener, 92, a master builder whose crowning achievement in 40 years as a civil engineer was the 18-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, died Feb. 2 in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he lived.Mr. Michener oversaw the $200 million project for nine years from its conception to opening day on April 15, 1964.Mercer Ellington, 76, a trumpet player, arranger, composer and conductor who had led the Duke Ellington Orchestra after his father's death in 1974, died of heart failure Thursday in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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By BRUCE REID | November 7, 1993
Kiptopeke, Va. -- At one of the outermost reaches of Chesapeake country, there's a place where you can feel a part of the grand scheme of things -- or at least feel you have an incredible seat for the show.Many of us see the magic and mystery of bird migration in small ways. A distant flock of geese, a line of blackbirds passing over the highway. And we think little of it. Some of us have visited Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge or Bombay Hook near Smyrna, Del., and seen masses of ducks or wading birds feeding and resting on the mud flats.
NEWS
May 20, 2003
MORE THAN a half-century ago - before the Bay Bridge drastically shortened the journey between Maryland's Western and Eastern shores - all sorts of ferries crisscrossed the Chesapeake Bay. They carried sweltering Baltimoreans on summer outings to amusements across the water, and they were a vital link for cargo moving from producers to markets on both shores. These ferries, of course, died with those simpler, slower times - unable to compete with the ease, on most days, of driving over the big bridge.
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September 3, 2005
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