Beginning Jan. 1, tolls will be higher on the 17.6-mile-long Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, which spans the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay between Norfolk-Virginia Beach and the Eastern Shore of Virginia at the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula.

The new toll schedule, recommended by Wilbur Smith and Associates, traffic consultants to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission, is the second revision in seven years.

Under the new schedule, the rates will be $7 per crossing, a $1 increase, for two-axle passenger cars, pick-up trucks, panel trucks, small motor homes and motorcycles. As before, there is no charge for passengers.

The new base rate for two-axle, six-tire trucks, commercial and heavy trucks, and vehicles towing trailers will be $1 more per vehicle classification. The new rates will vary according to vehicle classification.

Two-axle and three-axle buses will continue to pay flat tolls of $25 and $26 respectively.

Special or unusual vehicles (over 100 feet in length, over 8-feet, 6-inches in width, over 70,000 pounds or not able to maintain speed at 45 miles per hour) will continue to pay the current toll.

The special escort fee for over-width vehicles and vehicles which cannot maintain the speed of 45 miles per hour will be increased from $25 to $40. SPecial escort for those vehicles requires special scheduling and the use of two police escort vehicles.

The facility, which opened in April, 1964, was built entirely with funds raised through the sale of $200,000,000 in revenue bonds to private investors. Principal and interest on those bonds are paid with toll revenues.