Kapsch TrafficCom has been awarded a tunnel management contract for the US$755m Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel in Chesapeake Bay, Virginia. The contract has a value of US$9m.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is a 17.6 mile bridge and tunnel complex that spans the lower Chesapeake Bay and connects Virginia’s Eastern Shore. When complete, the new tunnel will carry two lanes of traffic southbound and the existing tunnel will carry two lanes of traffic northbound.
JB Kendrick, president of Kapsch TrafficCom North America, said, “We are delighted to support a project of this scale with our technology. Connecting the Eastern Shore and Virginia Beach is a key component for expansion in the area.”
The technology provided by Kapsch TrafficCom will ensure continued safety in the existing tunnel as well as the new tunnel, with a SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system, an electrical power control system and safety features such as fire alarms, generators, CCTV, deluge and fire pumps and other critical hardware and software.