Bay Bridge Photos 9 thru 12 - Winter 1977

This was the winter that saw record cold temperatures over much of the Eastern U.S., and at this point at the Bay Bridge in January 1977, almost the entire Chesapeake Bay surface was frozen over, to the depth that ice boats (sailboats with ice runners) were seen on it. Local temperatures saw repeated below zero F nightly lows, and the entire cold spell lasted for about a month. I have three web pages that show 12 photos that I took while my father was driving.

Above, westbound, approaching west end of the main suspension span, looking south through bridge parapet, toward eastbound truss span, notice frozen surface.

Above, westbound, I'm just past the main suspension span, looking north, notice frozen surface and anchored ships in the distance, and floating lighthouse at right edge of photo.

Above, westbound, I'm just past the main suspension span, looking south, looking through bridge parapet and eastbound truss span, notice frozen surface.

Above, westbound, I'm just past the main suspension span, looking south, looking through bridge parapet and eastbound truss span, notice frozen surface, and unfrozen area, and anchored ships. The ships were awaiting entry into the Port of Baltimore.

All photos © Copyright January 2001 by Scott Kozel. All rights reserved.

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By Scott M. Kozel, Roads to the Future