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Chesapeake Bay Bridge
When the Chesapeake Bay Bridge was opened in 1952 it was the world's longest (4.3 miles) continuous over-water steel structure. A second span was opened in 1973. The concept of building a bridge over the Bay had been talked about since the 1880s but didn't get any traction till the early 1900s. The stock market crash of 1929 and the resultant Great Depression put that on hold. The bridge was built to replace the ferry system that at that time was the only way of getting people across the Bay.
While traveling over the bridge gives one a great view of the Bay, traveling under it gives a whole different view and perspective.