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Monitor Merrimac, Bridge-Tunnel

February 4, 2008

Monitor Merrimac
Photo: roadstothefuture.com

The Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel is part of Interstate 664 which connects I-64 in Hampton to I-64/I-264 in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA The construction cost $400 million to build, and it includes a four-lane tunnel that is 4,800 feet long, two man-made portal islands, and 3.2 miles of twin trestle.

The bridge/tunnel is often mistaken for the Oresund Bridge which is a similar type of construction linking Sweden and Denmark.

The Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel commemorates the Battle of Hampton Roads, often called the Battle of Monitor and Merrimack, which was a naval battle of the American Civil War, famous for being the first fight between two ironclads, the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia (the latter rebuilt from the burned-out hull of the USS Merrimack). The principal confrontations took place on March 8 and March 9, 1862, off Sewell’s Point, a narrow place near the mouth of Hampton Roads, Virginia. see image below

Monitor Merrimac
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Monitor Merrimac
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Monitor Merrimac
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Monitor Merrimac
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Monitor Merrimac
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Monitor Merrimac
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Website: Monitor Merrimac, Bridge-Tunnel and Battle of Hampton Roads at Wikipedia

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