The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (CBBT) is using a
Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) to dig an underwater
tunnel parallel to the existing Thimble Shoal Channel
Tunnel to carry two lanes of traffic southbound under
the Chesapeake Bay to Virginia’s mainland in
Virginia Beach.

 Submit an essay of 200 words or less OR a
2-minute (or less) video about your chosen name
for the TBM.
 Tell us the significance of the chosen name and
how it relates to the Commonwealth, this region,
nature, transportation, or engineering. Don’t be
boring! Have fun with this and be creative,
clever and witty!
 Names can be real or fictional.
 Names must be a female name or character.
 You must be a registered student in the 6th grade
at a school located within one of the following
locales: Virginia’s Accomack and Northampton
Counties and the Cities of Chesapeake,
Hampton, Portsmouth, Newport News, Norfolk
and Virginia Beach.
 Entries can be submitted by mail or in person:
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
Attn: TBM Naming Contest
32386 Lankford Highway
Cape Charles, VA 23310 OR
 Email your submission to
If you choose to enter a video, you can email a
link to this video.
 Submit your entry by 4:30 pm on March 9, 2018.
 For additional contest rules and prize information,
Please fill out this form and include with your essay
or video submission.
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.
Name of Student Grade
School Phone Number
School or Program
School Information:
Principal or Head of Scho