The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is conducting a contest to name the new Tunnel Boring Machine. This naming contest will allow area 6th grade students to become involved in the naming of the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) that will excavate a 42-foot diameter, one mile long, $756 million tunnel under Thimble Shoal Channel in the Chesapeake Bay.  This bored tunnel will run parallel to the CBBT’s existing tunnel that carries more than 4 million vehicles each year under the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and it will be the first bored transportation tunnel of its type in the Hampton Roads area.

As tradition would have it, a TBM cannot begin work until it is given a name.  The name is generally that of a female as a sign of good luck for the project ahead.  Dating back to the early mining days, workers looked to Saint Barbara, the patron saint for military engineers, miners and others who work underground, for protection.

Sixth grade students at schools on the Eastern Shore and the Tidewater cities are eligible to enter.

All qualifying entries must be submitted by 4:30 pm (EST) on Friday, March 9, 2018. Click here to enter the contest.