Bridges might not get the respect the world’s tallest skyscrapers get but these horizontal architectural wonders push the engineering envelope just as hard. From “Galloping Gertie” to the Golden Gate, these 10 bridges prove the journey is often more interesting than the destination.
So here are some of the most fantastic bridges of the world. I hope you will like it. If I have left your favorite then do share with us in comment section.
Brooklyn Bridge, New York
When is comes to beauty no bridge is better than New York’s Brooklyn Bridge. The 5,989 ft structure took 13 years to build. For 20 years it reigned as the longest suspension bridge in the world. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in New York.
Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Washington
Opened on July 1st, 1940, the mile-long suspension bridge quickly garnered the name “Galloping gertie” due to the way the bridge deck oscillated in windy weather.
Ponte Octavio Frias de Oliveira, Sao Paulo
A stunning sight for the eyes, especially when lit up at night, the Ponte Octavio Frias de Oliveira in Sao Paulo, Brazil is the world’s first x-shaped cable stayed bridge with two crossed lanes.
Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo
Standing out from Tokyo’s brilliant nighttime neon glow isn’t easy but the Rainbow Bridge accomplishes it with ease. When the sun goes down, a lighting system on the bridge switches on and bathes the bridge in rainbow colors.
Beipanjiang River Railroad Bridge, China
The Beipanjiang River Railroad Bridge in Guizhou, China, ranks with the world’s longest arch bridges but stands out due to its spectacular scenic beauty.
Gateshead Millennium Bridge, UK
The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is often called the “Blinking Eye Bridge” due to its unusual method of operation. Due to its smallish size and method of operation, the entire structure was set in place in one piece.
Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, Brazil
The Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge displays an appealing, modernistic design that complements that of Brazil’s master-planned capital, Brasilia. The bridge has a length of 3,900 ft and was named to commemorate former president Juscelino Kubitschek de Oliveira.
Alamillo Bridge, Spain
Built for practical and aesthetic reasons for Expo 92, the “Puente del Alamillo” is a strikingly beautiful cantilever spar cable-stayed bridge that only has one pylon.
Hangzhou Bay Bridge, China
At 22 miles, The Hangzhou Bay Bridge is the longest ocean-crossing bridge in the world.It reduces travel times from the Yangtse River Delta area around Shanghai to the port city of Ningbo from 4 hours to a mere 2.5 hours.
Millau Viaduct, France
Designer Norman Foster specially incorporated a sweeping curve into the layout of the bridge so that drivers crossing it would get a good view of the picture-postcard perfect town. The Millau Viaduct ranks as the world’s tallest vehicular bridge.
Author Ahsan Mukhtar