Top 10: Longest Bridges in the World
There are several numbers of wonderful small and big bridges in the world. We will discuss here in details about the top 10 longest bridges in the world with their pictures. By looking on these beautiful photos of bridges you will think that there is no ending point of the bridge as it goes very long way that we cannot ever imagine. The list of the top 10 longest bridges in the world is as follows:
10. Seven-Mile Bridge
The Seven Mile Bridge runs over a channel between the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Strait in the Florida Keys. It also connects the location of the city of Marathon, Florida in the Middle Keys to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys. When this bridge was built before many years, it was known as one of the many bridges on US 1 in the Keys and the road on the bridge is called the Overseas Highway.
9. San Mateo- Hayward Bridge
The San Mateo-Hayward Bridge is also known as San Mateo Bridge and it is owned by the state of California and maintained by the state highway agency of Caltrans. It is a bridge crossing California's San Francisco Bay in the United States and connecting the San Francisco Peninsula with the East Bay. The Bridge’s western end is in Foster City (The most recent urban addition to the eastern edge of San Mateo).
8. Confederation Bridge
The Confederation Bridge is known as Pont de la Confederation in French. It is a bridge across the Abegweit Passage of Northumberland Starit, connecting Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunkswick, in Canada. The residents of Prince Edward Island called this bridge as the "Fixed Link". The construction of this bridge started from 1993 and it was ended in 1997. It was opened on May 31st 1997 and it is 12.9 kilometers (8 miles) long bridge and the cost of the bridge was $1.3 billion.
7. Rio Niteroi Bridge
The Rio-Niteroi Bridge connects the cities of Rio de Janerio and Niteroi in Brazil. The official name of this bridge is "President Costa e Silva Bridge"; this name was given in honor of the Brazilian president who ordered its construction. Today, very few people refer to its official name. The construction of this bridge began on August 23rd 1968 in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in their first and last visit to Brazil. The actual work started in January 1969 and it was opened on March 4th 1974.
6. Penang Bridge
The Penang Bridge E 36 is a two fold carriage way toll bridge that connects Gelugor on the island of Penang and Seberang Prai on the mainland of Malaysia on the Malay Peninsula. This bridge is called as Jambatan Pulau Pinang in Malay. This bridge is also connected with North-South Expressway in Prai and Jelutong Expressway in Penang. It was officially opened on September 14th 1985 and the total length of the bridge is 13.5 Kilometers (8.4 miles) and Expressway Berhad is the concession holder which runs it.
5. Vasco da Gama Bridge
The Vasco da Gama Bridge is the longest bridge in Europe. It is called as Ponte Vasco da Gama in Portuguese. It is a cable stayed bridge edge and roads that cross the Tagus River near Lisbon, capital of Portual. The total length of the bridge is 17.2 Kilometers (10.7 miles) and it includes 11.5 km (7.1 miles) in viaducts, 0.829 km (0.5 miles) for the main bridge and 4.8 km (3.0 miles) in dedicated access roads. It's purpose is to alleviate congestion on the bridge to the other Lisbon (25 Abril De Bridge) and to join formerly unconnected motorways scorching from Lisbon.
4. Chesapeake Bay Bridge
The name of Chesapeake Bay Bridge is little hard to speak so it is generally called as the Bay Bridge. The bridge is officially named as the William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge after the governor of Maryland; William Preston Lane implemented its construction. It is a major twofold span bridge in the US State of Maryland connecting the both sides of the Chesapeake Bay along with the state’s Western and Eastern Shore regions. The length of the bridge is 7 Kilometers (4.3 miles) and it opened in 1952.
3. King Fahd Causeway
The King Fahd Causeway is multiple combination of Dike Bridge that connects Khobar, Saudi Arabia, and the island nation of Bahrain. The agreement of construction was signed by King Fahd of Saudi Arabia and Sheikh Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa of Bharain on July 8th, 1981. The construction continued till the combination of several bridges and dams were completed in 1986. The causeway was officially opened on November 25th 1986.
2. Donghai Bridge
Donghai Bridge is the longest sea cross bridge in the Asia as well as in the world. The total length of the bridge is 32.5 kilometers (20.2 miles) and connects Shanghai and the offshore Yangshan deep water port in China. There are also cable stayed sections to allow for the passage of large ships, largest with span of 420 meters. This bridge was completed on December 10th 2005.
1. Pontchartrain Lake
The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway consists two parallel bridges that are the longest bridges in the world by total length. These parallel bridges cross Lake Pontchartrain in southern Louisiana. The Southern end of the causeway is in Metairie, Louisiana, a neighborhood of New Orleans and the Western end is in Mandeville, Louisiana. The longer of the two bridges is 38.42 Kilometers (23.87 miles) long and the bridge is supported by more than 9000 Huddling concrete. Bascule bridges feature extends over the channel 13 kilometers (8 miles) south of the North Shore.