Do you have the heart to cross them?
In cities like New York, San Francisco, London, Mumbai, and Sydney, bridges have become the emblematic stamp. But, of course, they serve a higher purpose. The postcard-worthy structures improve the quality of life for locals by cutting down their commute time, whether on car, on foot, or by rail. These longest bridges in the world are connecting lives, and if you happen to be in one of these cities, it might be worth admiring their craftsmanship, design, and significance. And crossing some of these marvels will count as an adrenaline-pumping adventure.
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Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge
According to the Guinness World Records, the longest bridge in the world is the Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge. After just four years of construction, the 102-mile viaduct opened in 2011 on the Beijing to Shanghai High-Speed Railway. Bullet trains between Shanghai and Nanjing run on this bridge.
On Taiwan’s High-Speed Rail Network, the Changhua-Kaohsiung Viaduct is considered the second-longest bridge in the world. It is 97.8 miles long and was completed in 2007.
Tianjin Grand Bridge
There is another bridge on the Beijing to Shanghai High-Speed Railway network that is listed among the longest in the world—clearly, China knows what it’s doing when it comes to construction. The Tianjin Grand Bridge (also known as Langfang-Qingxian bridge) is a viaduct between Langfang and Qingxian, and it is 70.8 miles long.
Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge
The world’s longest sea bridge covers 34 miles and connects mainland China’s Zhuhai to the special administrative regions of Macau and Hong Kong. The project started in 2009 and was completed in 2018, and cost $20 billion. What’s marvelous about this bridge is its architecture and design—it can withstand earthquakes, typhoons, and ship strikes.
Bang Na Expressway
A six-lane elevated highway, Bang Na Expressway is the longest road bridge in the world. It stretches for 33.5 miles through Bangkok. It opened at the turn of the century—in 2000—and cost $1 billion to build.
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge
The Causeway is a two-lane bridge in Louisiana. The first two-lane bridge opened in 1956, and the second, which is slightly longer at 24 miles, was constructed in 1969. The Causeway bridge connects Mandeville and Metairie over Lake Pontchartrain, and according to the Guinness World Records, it is the longest bridge over water (continuous).
It was the longest bridge over water for decades before China’s Jiaozhou Bay Bridge (at 26.5 miles) usurped it. However, Guinness World Records introduced new categories, longest bridge over water (continuous) and longest bridge over water (aggregate) to accommodate both.
The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge lost the title in 2018 to the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.
1915 Çanakkale Bridge
In March this year, Turkey inaugurated the world’s longest cable suspension bridge. Spanning 2.86 miles, the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge connects Turkey’s European side to its Asian side. Construction began in 2017, and it cost $2.8 billion to build.
Before Turkey’s big-size investment, Japan’s Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge held the record since 1998, but it’s now the second-longest suspension bridge in the world.
Hartland Covered Bridge
The longest covered bridge—at 0.24 miles— was built in 1901 in New Brunswick, Canada. It was reconstructed in 1922 after river ice destroyed a part of it and it was then that it was covered. It has celebrated 100 years of being covered this year! The single-lane bridge is a much loved historic landmark and there are weight and height restrictions on vehicles passing through it.
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Evergreen Point Floating Bridge
The 0.44-mile bridge on Lake Washington in Seattle is the world’s longest and widest floating bridge in the world. It replaced its namesake in 2016 and cost $4.5 to build—it has 77 concrete pontoons that float. Every day, around 74,000 vehicles cross this bridge that connects Seattle to its suburbs.
Sky Bridge 721
WHERE: Czech Republic
Drive three hours from Prague and you’ll arrive at the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Dolni Morava. Opened in May this year, Sky Bridge 721 is 311 feet high and stretches 0.44 miles, and 500 people can walk on it at once. You can be one of them, dangling high up in the clouds and taking in the mountain views—buy tickets online and keep an eye on wind advisories.
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