Bridges are meant to be serviceable. They connect one area to another to make travel easier on everyone. However, there are some bridges that add more to their surroundings than simple usability. They are awe inspiring in one way or another. Some are amazing because of their unique style and others because of their height or length. Regardless of what makes them stand out, here is the list of some of the most amazing. They are the top 10 most famous bridges in the World of 2020.
10. The Helix Bridge, Singapore – 280m
This is a pedestrian only bridge, but that does not detract from it growing popularity. It is located in Singapore and links the Marina Centre with Marina South in the Marina Bay area. Half of it opened on April 24, 2010 at 9pm and the entire bridge opened on July 18, 2010. It is a walkway around Marina Bay that is 280 metres in total length and boasts the title of being the world’s first curved bridge thanks to its double helix design.
9. The Nanpu Bridge, China – 8,346m
This bridge in Shanghai, China and it is the first bridge to cross the Huangpu River and links central Shanghai with the Pudong District. It is most popular because of the way it spirals up into the sky before crossing the river. It has been a major contribution to helping the Pudong District grow. It is a popular attraction for both locals and tourists, even more so at night. Construction of this bridge was finished on June 20, 1991 in total length: 8,346 m.
8. The Tsing Ma Bridge, Hong Kong – 2,160m
Hong Kong, China is where you will find the largest suspension bridge with two decks. It carries both road and rail traffic. It is unique because it features sheltered carriageways on the lower deck so that very strong winds tend to be too much for vehicles to safely handle otherwise. It was opened in 1997 after a lot of wind tunnel testing to ensure it was able to withstand typhoons.
7. The Hangzhou Bay Bridge, China – 35,673m
This bridge is located in China and it is famous for being a long trans oceanic bridge when it opened in June 14, 2007. It spans 22 miles and is a cable stayed bridge. It was created to shorten the travel time between China’s Ningbo and Shanghai. Before the bridge was built the travel distance between these two areas was 249 miles. This was reduced to 50 miles.
6. The Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, Japan – 3,911 m
This bridge is also known as the Pearl Bridge and it currently holds the title of being the longest suspension bridge. It spans 6,532 feet and connects Kobe and Iwaya over the Akashi Straight in Japan. It took nearly 12 years to complete and first opened in 1998. It was originally supposed to be slightly smaller, but it had to be redesigned after an earthquake in 1995 increased the distance between the two land masses.
5. The Tower Bridge, England – 244m
The Tower Bridge is both a bascule and a suspension bridge. It is located in London and crosses the River Thames. It got it name due to its proximity to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London. It took eight years to build and construction began in 1886. It has two towers that are connected by two walkways and it is designed to withstand the force of the suspended sections.
4. The Millau Bridge, France – 2,460m
The Millau Viaduct spans the valley of the river Tarn and it is located near Millau in southern France. It is a massive cable stayed bridge and the tallest vehicular bridge. The highest pylons reach an amazing 1,125 feet into the sky which is a little taller than the Eiffel Tower. The speed limit on this bridge at one time was 81mph but it was slowed to 68mph due to tourists who wanted to take photos from the bridge.
3. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia – 1,149m
This is Australia’s contribution to famous bridges. It is their most well-known and photographed landmarks and holds the title of the largest steel arch bridge, although it is not the longest. The top of the bridge stands 440 feet above the Sydney Harbour and took eight years to complete. It opened in March of 1932. It also can raise up or fall up to 7.1 inches depending on the temperature because the steel expands and contracts.
2. The Brooklyn Bridge, United States – 1,825m
Cable-stayed bridge in New York City, New York, USA. This bridge was finished and opened in 1883 and connects Manhattan to Brooklyn. It spans the East River. When it was first built, it held the title of longest suspension bridge and it held this title for several years. It has a pedestrian walkway that is open to both walkers and cyclists.
1. The Golden Gate Bridge, United States – 2,737m
This suspension bridge spans the Golden Gate. It is the straight between San Francisco and Marin County. It was the creation of Joseph B. Strauss, an architect and his statue is on the southern observation deck. The bridge took seven years to complete and opened in 1937. When built it was the biggest suspension bridges because of its lenth and today it is perhaps San Francisco’s most popular tourist attractions. It is also famous because of its reddish-orange coloring which was chosen so that it would be visible even through the thick fog which often shrouds it.Whether you like crossing bridges or not, there is no way for anyone to deny that the top 10 most famous bridges that the world has seenare truly worthy of a visit. Are you ready to see these amazing man-made creations?