Chesapeake Bay Bridge Through the Seasons

March 15, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Aloft Aerial Photography flies the Chesapeake Bay hundreds of times a year and as a result has a large collection of aerial photographs of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. 

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge, which takes Route 50 across the Chesapeake Bay between the Kent Island and Annapolis areas, is officially named The William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge – but most locals refer to it simply as the “Bay Bridge,” or sometimes the Chesapeake Bridge. The Bridge is 4.2 miles long – one of the longest over water structures in the world. The Bay Bridge is actually two side-by-side bridges with two lanes of traffic on each span. The first bridge (eastbound span) opened in July of 1952 and the second bridge (westbound span) opened in June of 1973.

The Bay Bridge is named after William Preston Lane, Jr., who was the 52nd Governor of Maryland when construction of the first span began. The first bridge had two lanes, was opened on July 30, 1952, and cost $45 million. The second bridge had three lanes, was a "modernized look alike", and cost $148 million. 

A shot of the Center of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge including both the East and West Bound sides in the beginning of January  The Chesapeake Bay Bridge in JanuaryA shot of the Center of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge including both the East and West Bound sides in the beginning of January

A shot of the Center of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge including both the East and West Bound Spans taken January 9th, 2003 and published in July of 2006. It was shot with a Cannon EOS-1DS with a focal length of 70mm, exposure was 1/400 @ f/14 with an ISO Speed of 200. 

 

A shot of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge taken from the Western Shore of Maryland with a view of Mezick Ponds in the lower left corner.The Chesapeake Bay Bridge in MayThe Chesapeake Bay Bridge on the Western Shore End in Maryland with Mezick Ponds on the left.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge from the Western Shore of Maryland on May 21st, 2006 with a view of Mezick Ponds and part of Sandy Point State Park in the left corner.  This picture was taken with the Cannon EOS- 1DS with a focal length of 32mm and a exposure of 1/500 @ f/5 with a ISO speed of 400. 

 

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge in August shot from Whitehall Creek near Hackett Point on the Western Shore of Maryland. Visible is the entire Bay Bridge, Goose Pond, Moss Pond, Love Point, and the mouth of the Chester River. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge in August The Chesapeake Bay Bridge in August shot from Whitehall Creek near Hackett Point on the Western Shore of Maryland.

A photograph from Whitehall Creek, near Hackett Point on the Western Shore of Maryland, with the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in the background. Also visible are Goose Pond, Moss Pond, Love Point, and the mouth of the Chester River. The photo was take on August 16th, 2006 with a Canon EOS-1DS , set with a focal length of 55mm with a exposure of 1/400 @ f/11 and had a ISO speed of 400.

A shot of the Center of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge including both the East and West Bound sides in the beginning of NovemberChesapeake Bay Bridge in November A shot of the Center of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge including both the East and West Bound sides in the beginning of November

The East and West Bound spans of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on November 10th, 2004 with very little water traffic. Shot with the Cannon EOS-1DS with the settings of focal length of 70mm, exposure 1/500 @ f/20, and ISO speed 200. 


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