Top 10 Longest Bridges in the World

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Bridges connect the world and people and are often symbol of unity. No matter how small or big they have one goal – to get close two shore, people, cities, countries…
But some of the bridges need to connect a bit further destinations. You’d be surprised to know that to pass over some of the largest bridges in the world would take you like an hour. Some of them can endure passing of over 20 000 cars daily. This is the list of some of the longest bridges in the world.

#1. Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, Kobe, Japan

With its length of 6532 feet this is the longest bridge in the world today. The central span goes 213 feet above the sea which makes up over half its total 12,831-foot length. Every day, 23,000 cars pass over this high and long bridge structure that must withstand earthquakes from the shaking of the vehicles (a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit in 1995), consistently strong tidal currents (9 knots), and wind gusts up to 179 mph.

Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, Kobe, Japan
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#2. Krämerbrücke, Erfurt, Germany

259 feet long this is the German longest inhabited bridge which translated means Merchant bridge, has a lot of history. It was built back 1325 after series of fires that were destroying the previous attempts to build a bridge. Sixty two half-timbered houses were added on top, 32 of which survived till today and continue to be home to shopkeepers and artisans. This multipurpose bridge has likely inspired more contemporary versions.

Krämerbrücke, Erfurt, Germany
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#3. Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, Louisiana

This is the longest bridge over water with total length of 23.87 miles. The 5,189-pile concrete trestle bridge located north of New Orleans got demoted by Guinness World Records for world’s longest bridge over water.

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, Louisiana
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#4. Taman Negara Canopy Walkway, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This is the longest canopy walkway. It is located deep in the Malaysian jungle, the bridge provides the visitors with breathtaking views and adrenalin thrills. For ajust $1.50, the adventurers can pass over a quarter mile of narrow bridges strewn between 100 year old trees, offering up-close-and-vertigo-inducing views of local flora and fauna. The bridge is long 1509 feet.

Taman Negara Canopy Walkway, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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#5. Evergreen Point Bridge, Seattle

This is the longest floating bridge in the world with total length of 7580 feet. Officially is known as Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge (the Washington statesman who oversaw its creation in the early 1960s), this section of State Route 520 connects Seattle to its eastern suburbs via a roadway that floats on top the Lake Washington on 33 football field-size pontoons.

Evergreen Point Bridge, Seattle
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#6. Pont de la Libération, Villeneuve-sur-Lot, France

This is the longest masonry arch that is long for 315 feet. This bridge is more than 100 years old and spans the Lot River in southwestern Frane. The Pont de la Libération is made of brick and unreinforced concrete which are technically very small stones and mortar.

Pont de la Libération, Villeneuve-sur-Lot, France
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#7. The Hartland Bridge, New Brunswick, Canada

This is the longest covered bridge. It is 1283 feet long and old for over a century (112 years). This bridge became the world’s longest covered bridge only after two spans were destroyed by river ice in 1920. They had to be replaced, as well as the roof (covering of bridges in Canada helps prevent rot on the central wooden trusses).

The Hartland Bridge, New Brunswick, Canada
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#8. Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge, China

This is the longest railroad bridge with total length of 102.4 miles. The bridge connects Shanghai to Nanjing along the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway. This elevated viaduct was officially named the world’s longest bridge by Guinness World Records when it was opened in 2011.

Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge, China
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#9. Beaufort Sea Road, Alaska

This is the longest ice bridge, considering the fact that is in Alaska. This is one of the most dangerous bridges on this list, and also one of the only ways to service the ExxonMobil hub of Point Thomson. It is 68 miles long with a span over the Beaufort Sea to Alaska’s northernmost oil fields is pure Arctic ice.

Beaufort Sea Road, Alaska
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#10. The Fairy Bridge, Guangxi, China

This is the longest natural bridge span with total length of 400 feet. It is not created by a human hand but by rock archways hewn by the nature (by erosion).

The Fairy Bridge, Guangxi, China
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