Last week, Google Maps insisted that the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was closed.
According to the Virginian-Pilot, several commuters were left feeling distraught on Saturday, March 7, after a Google Maps glitch claimed that the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (CBBT) was closed. And, not just for the weekend—for good.
Or until 2022, that is. (Which is basically forever.)
CBBT staff members weren't alerted of the glitch until they began receiving frantic (and, let's be frank—angry) calls from Virginia Beach residents who were wondering why the 20-mile bridge was closed. For those who didn't have the courage to call, well, they were redirected to detour routes that (most likely) took several hours more.
“We’ve tried to report it to them [Google] that it’s an error,” Tom Anderson, the CBBT’s deputy director of finance and operations told pilotonline.com. “I think it’s causing people a lot of heartburn, but people are not taking a seven- or eight-hour detour."
The CBBT is OPEN to all traffic! There is an inaccurate closure noted on Google Maps and we are working to resolve this as quickly as possible. https://t.co/oVgUzXw7Hj— CBBT (@FollowTheGulls) March 3, 2020
Curiously enough, this issue didn't affect southbound travelers or traffic flow overall. In fact, according to Anderson, traffic was up compared to the same time last year.
For updates on CBBT closures, follow @followthegulls on Twitter. CBBT officials update this account whenever there's a closure or issue travelers should know about.
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