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A bridge is built to span a gorge, valley, road, railroad track, river, body of water, or any other physical obstacle. Designs of bridges vary depending on the function of the bridge and the nature of the terrain where the bridge is to be constructed.    [more..]


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Bridges Data Facts and records

World Data

- Longest bridge of the World: Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge ( China ) ( 164.8 Km ) - other long bridges..

- Longest suspension bridge of the World: Akashi Kaikyo Bridge ( Japan ) ( main span: 1,991 metres )

- Longest arch bridge of the World: Chaotianmen Bridge ( China ) ( Total length: 1,741 metres )

- Longest road bridge of the World: Lake Pontchartrain Causeway ( Louisiana, USA ) ( 38.35 Km )

- Longest covered bridge of the World: Hartland Bridge ( New Brunswick, Canada ) ( 391 metres long )

- Oldest standing bridge of the World: Zhaozhou Bridge ( China ) ( Built in 605 AD )

- Busiest bridge of the World: George Washington Bridge ( Ney York, USA ) ( 106 million vehicles per year )

- Widest bridge of the World: Port Mann Bridge ( BC, Canada ) ( 65 metres wide )

- Highest bridge in the world: Sidu River Bridge ( China ) ( 496 metres high )

- Tallest bridge of the World: Millau Viaduct ( France ) ( 343 metres tall - above the base of the structure )


USA Data

- Longest bridge in the USA: Lake Pontchartrain Causeway ( Louisiana ) ( 38.35 Km )

- Longest suspension bridge in the USA: Verrazano-Narrows Bridge ( New York ) ( main span: 1,298 metres )

- Longest arch bridge in the USA: New River Gorge Bridge ( West Virginia ) ( Total length: 924 metres )

- Longest covered bridge in the USA: Smolen–Gulf Bridge ( Ohio ) ( 183 metres long )

- Oldest standing bridge in the USA: Frankford Avenue Bridge ( Pennsylvania ) ( Built in 1697 )

- Busiest bridge in the USA: George Washington Bridge ( Ney York ) ( 106 million vehicles per year )

- Widest bridge in the USA: Driscoll Bridge ( New Jersey ) ( 15 lanes - at least 62 metres wide )

- Highest bridge in the USA: Royal Gorge Bridge, ( Colorado ) ( 291 metres high )

- Tallest bridge in the USA: Golden Gate Bridge, ( California ) ( 227 metres tall )


Europe Data

- Longest Bridge in Europe: Vasco da Gama Bridge ( Portugal ) ( 17.2 Km )

- Longest suspension bridge in Europe: Great Belt Bridge ( Denmark ) ( main span: 1,624 metres )

- Longest arch bridge in Europe: Krk Bridge ( Croatia ) ( Total length: 1,430 metres )

- Oldest standing bridge in Europe: Písek Stone Bridge ( Czech Republic ) ( Built around the 13th century )

- Busiest bridge in Europe: Bosphorus Bridge ( Turkey )

- Widest bridge in Europe: O'Connell Bridge ( Ireland ) ( ~50 metres wide )

- Highest bridge in Europe: Millau Viaduct ( France ) ( 270 metres high )

- Tallest bridge in Europe: Millau Viaduct ( France ) ( 343 metres tall - above the base of the structure )


some Terms used in Bridges

- Bridge tall: Height of the structure, from the uppermost point of a bridge, down to the lowest visible point of it

- Bridge height: Height of the bridge deck, down to the ground or water surface beneath the bridge span

- Bridge deck: Is the roadway, or the pedestrian walkway, surface of a bridge

- Span: The distance between two supports holding up a structure

- Suspension Bridge: A roadway suspended from chain or wire cables, usually hung between massive towers



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 Longest bridges of the world:
  • Lake Pontchartrain Causeway (Louisiana, USA) - 38,422 metres long
  • Manchac Swamp bridge (Louisiana, USA) - 36,710 metres long
  • Hangzhou Bay Bridge (Shanghai, China) - 35,673 metres long
  • Runyang Bridge (Jiangsu, China) - 35,660 metres long
  • Donghai Bridge (Shanghai, China) - 32,500 metres long
  • Atchafalaya Basin Bridge (Louisiana, USA) - 29,290 metres long
  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (Virginia, USA) - 24,140 metres long
  • 6th October Bridge (Cairo, Egypt) - 20,500 metres long
  • C215 Viaduct (Taiwan) - 20,000 metres long
  • Vasco da Gama Bridge (Lisbon, Portugal) - 17,185 metres long
Featured Bridges:
  1. 1. Golden Gate Bridge

    Location: San Francisco , California
    Crosses: Golden Gate
    Total length: 1.71 miles 8,981 feet (2,737 m)
    Width: 90 feet (27 m)
    Height: 746 feet (227 m)
    Clearance below: 220 feet (67 m)
    Bridge carries: US 101   more.. , pedestrians and bicycles
    Opened: May 27, 1937

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Golden Gate in San Francisco, California
Image by Alain Picard

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  1. 2. London Bridge

    Location: London, England
    Crosses: River Thames
    Total length: 262 m (860 ft)
    Width: 32 m (107 ft)
    Clearance below: 8.9 m (29 ft)
    Bridge carries: A3 road   more..
    Opened: 17 March 1973 (new bridge)

    In the Web:


London Bridge at Night
Image by kayodeok

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  1. 3. Brooklyn Bridge

    Location: New York, USA
    Crosses: East River
    Total length: 5,989 feet (1825 m)
    Width: 85 feet (26 m)
    Clearance below: 135 feet (41 m) at mid-span
    Bridge carries: Motor vehicles (cars only), Pedestrians, and Bicycles
    Opened: May 24, 1883

    In the Web:


Brooklyn Bridge, New York City
Image by bridgepix

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  1. 4. Hangzhou Bay Bridge

    Location: Cixi, Zhejiang - China
    Crosses: Hangzhou Bay
    Total length: 35.6 km (22 mi)
    Opened: June 14, 2007
    Toll: yes

    In the Web:



HangZhou Bay Bridge
Image by hto2008

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  1. 5. Rügenbrücke Bridge

    Location: Stralsund and Rügen Island, Germany
    Crosses: Strelasund
    Total length: 2,831 metres (9,288 ft)
    Bridge carries: Bundesstraße 96   more..
    Opened: August 31, 2004
    Toll: none

    In the Web:


Rügenbrücke
Image by Hans-Jürgen Böckmann

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  1. 6. Atchafalaya Basin Bridge

    Location: Baton Rouge to Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
    Crosses: Atchafalaya Basin    more..
    Total length: 18.2 miles (29,290 m)
    Width: Two parallel bridges, 46 ft (14 m) each
    Separation (void) between the bridges: 124 ft (38 m)
    Bridge carries: Interstate 10    more..
    Opened: 1973

    In the Web:




Golden Gate in San Francisco, California
Image by Ben Pierce Photography

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  1. 7. Kanmonkyo Bridge

    Location: between Honshu and Kyushu, Japan
    Crosses: Kanmon Straits    more..
    Total length: 2,336 ft. (712 m)
    Width: 89 ft (27 m)
    Bridge carries: AH1    more..
    Opened: 1973

    In the Web:




Kanmonkyo Bridge
Image by Christian im Morgenland

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  1. 8. San Mateo – Hayward Bridge

    Location: San Mateo, California
    Crosses: San Francisco Bay    more..
    Total length: 36,960 ft (11,265 meters)
    Width: 121 ft (37 m)
    Bridge carries: 6 lanes of SR 92    more..
    Opened: 1967

    In the Web:




San Mateo Hayward Bridge - San Mateo, California
Image by Jose P Isern Comas

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