Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
I have been meaning to write to you concerning our use of the Plate Lock system at the
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT) this past year. The CBBT is a 17-mile bridge and
tunnel span at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. It is a major north-south route handling
personal vehicle and heavy-duty truck traffic at 55 mile per hour speeds.
Our contract required the 8 roadway cuts @ the mouth of the two tunnels. The owner was very
involved in the plate hold down method. After several unsuccessful attempts using standard
steel roadway plates bolted directly to the roadway (18 wheel tractor-trailers hitting the plate @
55 mph on a 30ᴼ incline/decline) we contacted your company regarding the Plate Lock System.
The top two men in charge of maintenance at the CBBT (both ex-VDOT supervisors) agreed to
try the system.
We were all happy to say that the Plate Lock system worked without a hitch. Mr. Holloway of
CBBT indicated that if VDOT wanted a recommendation from him on the use of this system he
would be happy to give one. It is certainly our intention to use the Plate Lock system again in
the future and would highly recommend it.
Michael R. Agnew