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The newer, westbound Chesapeake Bay Bridge, built in 1973, is on your left as you make your way across the Bay during the GCBS.  During the 1991 and 1992 GCBSs, swimmers resting immediately next to the first large concrete support pictured here witnessed a 3-foot differential in water level as the 2.5 knot ebb current rushed by.  It is 500 yards across the main channel between the two 379-foot-tall bridge spires.   If you experience little or no cross current here, NOAA and the GCBS officials have done their jobs!

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Source (Scott M. Kozel):  1987 Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk

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