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The Top Five Most Spectacular Bridges in the World

Updated on October 23, 2013

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The Top Five Bridges:

1. Akashi Kaikyō Bridge, Japan

2. Millau Viaduct, France

3. Si Du River Bridge, China

4. New River Gorge, West Virginia, US

5. Donghai Bridge, China

Below you will find fascinating pictures and some quick facts about each of these amazing structures.


Akashi Kaikyō Bridge

Also known as the Pearl Bridge

Location: crosses the Akashi Strait between the cities of Kobe of Iwaya in Japan, crossing the Akashi Strait.

Bridge Type: Suspension

Total Length: 3,911 meters (12,831 ft) The bridge has the longest span of any suspension bridge in the world, at 1,991 meters (6,532 ft)

Width: six lanes for vehicular traffic

Construction period: 10 years from 1988 to 1998

Use: roughly 23,000 cars per day

Fun Facts:

The bridge was built in response to the sinking of two ferries, which killed 168 people. A safer more reliable mode of transportation was needed. The bridge can withstand an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.5 on the Richter Scale and winds up 178 mph.

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Millau Viaduct

Location: Millau-Creissels, France, spanning the Valley of the River Tarn

Type of Bridge: Cable-stayed bridge

Estimated Construction Cost: €394 million (about $566 million)

Height: The tallest pylon is 343 meters (1,125.3 ft) high, making It the tallest bridge in the world and the 12th highest (clearance above ground)

Length: 2,460 m (8,070 ft or roughly 1 1/2 miles)

Width: Four lanes for vehicular traffic

Years of construction: 3

Fun Fact:

The toll required for driving is €5.60

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Si Du River Bridge

Location: Hubei, China

Bridge Type: Suspension

Height above the ground: 472 m (1,549 ft) the highest in the world

Width: 24.5 m (80 ft) - 4 driving lines.

Cost: $720 Million Yuan ($118 million)

Total Length: 1,222 m (4,009 ft)

Fun Fact:

Each of the suspension cables contain over 16,000 individual wires

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New River Gorge Bridge

Location: Fayetteville, West Virginia, United States

Bridge Type: Arch

Length: 924 meters (3,030 ft)

Height above the ground: 267 meters (876 ft)

Construction cost: $37 million

Fun Fact:

The bridge is the third largest arched bridge in the world.

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Donghai Bridge

Name literally translates "Big East Sea Bridge"

Location: Near Shanghai, China

Date of completion: December 2005

Bridge Type: Low-level Viaduct (primarily), cable stayed (secondary)

Total Length: 32.5 Kilometers (20.2 miles) The longest sea spanning bridge in the world

Width: six driving lanes

Fun Fact:

The cable stayed sections were built to allow ships to pass through the bridge at various points.


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    • Jason Matthews profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Matthews 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks suziecat7! The Si Do River bridge is amazing!

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      suziecat7 

      7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Love the Si Do River bridge. Great Hub. Thanks.

    • Jason Matthews profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Matthews 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks WillStarr!

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      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      What a spectacular Hub! Great job.

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