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America has a “scariest bridge,” and the 4.3-mile long thoroughfare has been freaking out drivers with a fear of heights since its’ 1952 construction. 12 people have driven off it since 1964, 10 of those accidents being fatal.
The bridge in question is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
Anchored in Annapolis, Maryland – approximately 30 miles east of Baltimore and Washington D.C. – the western edge of ‘America’s Scariest Bridge‘ has gained notoriety as somewhat of a legend due to it’s narrow corridor and low railing.
It isn’t unheard of to be afraid of the Bay Bridge, either. Its’ reputation is certainly deserved. Back in February, a truck exploded through its low railing, killing the 18-wheeler’s driver.
Unfortunately for those with acrophobia, the only way around the bridge is to take a 150-mile trip to Maryland’s other side.
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Despite being a normal part of many drivers’ daily commutes, the bridge is so scary that many continue to pursue extreme measures to avoid driving themselves. A shuttle service even exists, owned by Steve Eskew, to shuttle passengers across for a small fee while their car is transported behind the caravan. Upon reaching Chesapeak Bay Bridge’s opposite side, vehicles are returned to their drivers.
Reportedly, some who’re shuttled can’t even bare the sight of the bridge’s rails or ocean beyond. They sit with jackets covering their heads, hiding from the experience. That’s right: America’s Scariest Bridge invokes such intense fear that they have to close off their senses. Others who can’t stand the Bay Bridge’s construction design have asked medical professionals to travel with them, with counselors and psychologists among the most-favored practitioners/travel companions.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge isn’t going anywhere, nor is its design expected to change any time soon.
Have you ever drive across this scary bridge in Maryland?
What has your experience been like? If you haven’t, would you?