Longest Bridges in The World
I was recently researching online about San Francisco, since I wanted to go and visit and see all there is to see in San Fran, and all of the sudden I came across the Golden Gate Bridge. This made me really intrigued and I started to browse on the web about different bridges around the world. I really didn't know that there were bridges the lengths there are. I was really shocked when I saw some of the bridges that were built by man around the world. It is really fascinating to see some of the places that these bridges were build, and it makes you think; How did they build this thing? Well after a little research I wanted to see what were the longest bridges in the world, and I read a little bit about some of them. I decided to write an article about my finds and hopefully someone who is interested and fascinated by bridges will find my article useful and educational.
I am not going to go into any type of rankings for any of the bridges. I will simply just list and talk briefly about the most fascinating bridges that I thought were just magnificent. Another interesting fact I found while my research was that most of those bridges were located in China. I was wondering why is that? And then it came into my mind, China is very mountainous. The use of bridges to travel around the country is extremely needed and helpful. There are places around China, that without a bridge you can't travel anywhere. This will take me to my first find and that is also considered the longest bridge of any type in the world.
Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge
This is considered the longest bridge in the whole world. It is located in China. The total length of the bridge is approximately 164km. The bridge current hold the Guinness World Record for the longest bridge in the world. The bridge was opened in 2010, and the construction cost for building this magnificent structure was about $8.5 billion. The bridge is located on a rail road that goes from Shanghai to the east province Jiangsu. During that 164km road, there is a section about 9km long that is over water.
Bang Na Expressway
The next bridge I wanna talk about is located in Thailand. The Bang Na Expressway is the longest expressway in the world. It is also considered to be one of the longest bridges in the world. The expressway is about 54 km in length.
It is really fascinating to even think about how they designed and build these bridges. The Bang Na Bridge is built in an urban and very populated area. It was extremely hard to build this bridge considering what they had to do during the construction. I can only imagine how much traffic the construction of this bridge caused and for how many months the local people had to deal with all the traffic.
Beijing Grand Bridge
This bridge is a rail bridge. It is located in China. The bridge has a length of 48km and a span of 44 meters. The bridge is a part of the Beijing, Shanghai railway system. The building of the bridge started in 2010 and it was completed and opened in early 2011. The bridge is considered to be one of the top 10 longest bridges in the world. As well as it is one of the longest bridges in Asia. There was an advantage in the construction of this bridge. After the bridge opened, it decreased the travel time between the two cities; Beijing and Shanghai.
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway
This bridge is located in the United States and is considered to be one of the longest bridges in the United States. The bridge is located in Southern part of Louisiana. It has a total length of almost 39 km. The Pontchartrain Causeway is the longest bridge in the world that runs over water constantly. The bridge is consisted of two parallel bridges that go both directions over lake Pontchartrain.
Vasco Da Gama Bridge
Vasco Da Gama Bridge is also considered one of the longest bridges in the world. This bridge is the longest bridge in Europe. The bridge is located in Lisbon, Portugal. The total length of the bridge is 17km long. The construction of the bridge began in 1995. The bridge was open for business in March of 1998. The bridge is open for the public and is a toll road, which each vehicle is charged around 2.40 Euros to cross the bridge.