A survey conducted on social media showed that truck drivers try to avoid some U.S. tunnels. Here they are!
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge–Tunnel (CBBT) is a 17.6-mile bridge–tunnel that carries U.S. Highway 13 at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, the Hampton Roads harbor, and nearby mouths of the James and Elizabeth rivers in Virginia.
Mark Hawkins, an owner-operator, has hauled freight through this tunnel several times in a 53-foot trailer. With just one lane in each direction, each only 12 feet wide, the tunnel made Hawkins nervous, he acknowledged.
“The very first time I passed through I admit I white knuckled it,” Hawkins said. “My senses were on high alert, feeling terribly claustrophobic with absolutely no bailout position.”
Wind River Canyon Tunnels
These three tunnels are located along U.S. Highway 20-State Route 789 in northwestern Wyoming, between the towns of Shoshoni and Thermopolis. The tunnels are drilled through solid rock. Also there is a truss bridge that crosses the Wind River just below the nearby dam.
“In good weather, there are a lot of motorcycles and RVs on that route. I usually drive carefully through these tunnels, ”said driver Krista Lorraine.
Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel
The Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel is the highest vehicular tunnel in the United States, with an maximum elevation of 11,158 feet. It is the highest point on the interstate highway system.
It carries Interstate 70 through the Continental Divide about 60 miles west of Denver and is named for two late politicians — U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Colorado governor Edwin C. Johnson.
This tunnel is a popular route for truck drivers to avoid the twisty US Highway 6 over Loveland Pass. However, this section of I-70 is often disconnected for extended periods of time during severe snowstorms.
Tetsuo Harano Tunnels
The Tetsuo Harano Tunnels are a pair of highway tunnels passing through the Ko‘olau Range on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The tunnels are located on Interstate H-3, which connects part of Honolulu with Interstate H-1 near Pearl Harbor. The tunnels are each a little less than a mile long and are named for a former state highways administrator who served for 52 years.
The tunnels are not as scary as people say. However, many drivers are afraid of getting in and out of them.