On this page i’ve tried to list those bridges which I consider to be the most.. not just
the longest, the tallest and so on but to give a complex evaluation based on some
facts and of course my own opinion..
So here are my “top 10 bridges in the World“:
1. Golden Gate. San Francisco, CA, US. North America.
The Golden Gate Bridge connects San Francisco to Marin County. It was constructed in 1937 and appeared to become the longest suspension bridge span on the Earth.
At present day you can find 7 bridges that surpass it in length. What impressed me the most after i saw this high-tech miracle was a fact that i was charged
just for my way back over the bridge, but not for the opposite way Actually, you can cross the bridge by foot for free.
Some facts on it:
Total length: 8,981 feet (2,737 m)
Width: 90 feet (27 m)
The construction took about 4 years. The Bridge was built by 10 different prime contractors and their subcontractors. Thatâ€™s why no exact employment figures preserve till our days.
We just know that 11 men died since October 21, 1936 (when the first worker) till the death of 10 people on February 17, 1937 when a section of scaffold fell through the safety net).
The price of the construction was approximately $1.2 billion (in 2003 dollars).
2. Ponte Vecchio, Florence
Ponte Vecchio is a Medieval bridge over the Arno River, in Florence, Italy.
This bridge is the oldest and the most amazing of 7 bridges in Florence. It was designed in 1345 by Neri di Fioravanti
Along the Ponte Vecchio, many padlocks were locked to some places, especially to the railing around the statue of Benvenuto Cellini.
The bridge got severe damage in the 1966 flood but till this moment it’s one of the most beautiful bridges I’ve ever seen.
3. Seri Wawasan Bridge, Putrajaya, Malaysia
The Seri Wawasan Bridge is one of the main bridges in the Malaysian federal administrative capital.
This asymmetric cable-stayed bridge with a 75 degrees forward inclined pylon has been designed to
link Precinct 8 and the Mixed Development Precinct in the Core Island.
Due to its highly visible location, the bridge can create a very strong impression of Putrajaya.
Was opened in 16 April 2003.
4. London Tower Bridge, London, UK.
Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, England over the River Thames.
Sone facts you may not know in it:
a) itâ€™s deck is raised 500 times a year.
b) in 1977 it was painted red, white and blue to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee (before that, it was painted a chocolate brown colour).
c) in 1912 Frank McClean (some people call him th godfather to naval aviation) had to fly between the bascules and the high-level Walkways in his Short biplane to avoid an accident.
5. Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY.
The Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, stretches 5,989 feet (1825 m) over the East River, connecting the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn on Long Island.
In 1857 New York Legislature considers a bill to build a bridge over the East River, at that moment Brooklyn population was around 250.000.
The main engineers were John Augustus Roebling and Wilhelm Hildenbrand. Construction of this bridge killed more than 20 people.
Total Weight of Bridge, excluding caissons, towers, anchorages - 14,680 tons. It was opened on May 24, 1883, 2:00 PM.
6. Seven Mile Bridge, Florida Keys, FL.
The Seven Mile Bridge, in the Florida Keys, runs over a channel between the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Strait, connecting Knight’s Key in the Middle Keys to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys.
The total length of the bridge is actually 35,862 ft (10,931 m) or 6.79 miles (10.93 km) and at this moment it’s the longest fragmented
(unconnected pieces) bridge in the world. Completed in 1985, it was constructed parallel to the
original bridge, part of Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railroad,
which served as the original link to the Lower Keys.
7. Bang Na Expressway, Bangkok, Thailand
This amazing highway in Bangkok is not just the longest non suspension bridge in the world, but also represents the largest precasting operation ever carried out. It’s length is 54 km (33.5 mi) and it’s almost 50% longer the mentioned below Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, which takes the 2nd place in “The Longest Bridges In The World” list.
However, is excluded on some lists since it does not cross a body of water.
8. Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Japan.
The Akashi Kaikyo Suspension Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the world and it is probably Japanâ€™s greatest engineering feat.
It took two million workers ten years to construct the bridge, 181 000 tonnes of steel and 1.4million cubic metres of concrete. The steel cable used would circle the world seven times.
9. The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, southern Louisiana.
The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway consists of two parallel bridges. The longer of the two bridges is the longest in the world over water, measuring at 23.87 miles (38.42 km) long. It is also the second longest in the world over any terrain.
The idea of this bridge came to Bernard de Marigny, the founder of Mandeville, who started a ferry service that continued to operate into the mid-1930s. The opening of the Causeway boosted the fortunes of small North Shore communities by reducing drive time into New Orleans by up to 50 minutes.
The Causeway has been struck by barges on three occasions that have caused structural damage resulting in the collapse of portions of the roadway.
10. Viaduc de Millau Bridge, Millau, France.
This Cable-Stayed Bridge Project is on schedule to be completed January 2005. This project has been being financed privately. This project has the highest bridge piers in world and thus the title of the Highest Bridge in the World.
Slung across the valley of the river Tarn, the Viaduct de Millau (Viaduc de Millau) is the chosen solution for taking the A75 motorway from Clermont-Ferraud south to Beziers.