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The High Rise Bridge in Chesapeake, Virginia (VA) is a Scary Place for a Car Accident

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Anyone who drives around Hampton Roads, Virginia has probably crossed the high rise bridge on Interstate 64 (I-64) near the intersection of the highway with Route 17, Deep Creek/Portsmouth exit. Traffic often backs up on this part of the highway for commuters coming from Suffolk toward Virginia Beach or people headed from Norfolk to Route 58 toward Emporia or 460 toward Petersburg. The two lanes in each direction go over this steep bridge crossing the Elizabeth River which is a little tight and scary under the best of circumstances.

One time I had a family road trip starting and was headed across the high rise bridge in my Jeep when my tire went flat. This was on the backend of the bridge. Luckily, I was able to steer the vehicle for the rest of the span and get over into a shoulder area safely, although it was a bumpy ride. However, happily, no one was injured or killed. Only the family road trip got delayed. Whenever I cross the high rise bridge, though, I do think of the accident that almost was.