A bridge is defined as a type of physical structure that connects two areas that has an impassable obstacle in between them, i.e., a valley. It also can be used to connect villages, cities and other populated areas to each other. The best bridge uses the shortest distance between two locations.
Bridges can be found all over the world, and they are used in many different ways. Moreover, you’ll find bridges that rarely look alike. These bridges can be used for ferrying trains, automobiles or pedestrians. Because our geography is so unique, there are bridges that are longer than others. China is currently the leader when it comes to the longest bridges.
China is known for being a country of bridges, and the Runyang Bridge solidifies that claim. This bridge was first built on the Yangtze River which is located in the province of Jiangsu. The Runyang Bridge connects two points- first, the point of Zhenjiang, built on the south banks, and second, the point of the Yangzhou on the river banks.
The whole length of it spans 35.66 kilometers long. It takes an average driver approximately 40 minutes to get from one side to the other! Construction of the Runyang Bridge started out in 2000 and was completed in just 5 years. It was opened to the public for use in 2005.
Hangzhou Bay Bridge
Hangzhou Bay Bridge is as you would’ve guessed, located in China. This functional bridge connects the points of Ningbo and Jiaxing municipalities, both located in the province of Zhejiang. This bridge was made so that it could make life easier. Hangzhou Bay Bridge shortens the driving time considerably as automobiles make the drive from Ningbo to Shanghai (and vice versa).
The supposed distance of 400 kilometers became only 180 kilometers, which took off 2 hours of a 4-hour travel. The whole length of it spans 35.68 kilometers long. Hangzhou Bay Bridge was completed in 2007 and opened up for public use in 2008.
Yangcun Bridge is also a product of China. It was completed in 2007, with a primary function to accommodate the passage of high speed trains. It also boasts the fastest train track all over the world, running in at a speedy 350 kph! The distance of travel was considerably reduced from 70 minutes to only about 30 minutes from end to end. Yangcun Bridge’s total length spans 35.8 kilometers long.
Manchac Swamp Bridge
The Manchac Swamp Bridge is located in Louisiana, United States. It earns the unique distinction of being the longest bridge over a body of water. The Manchac Swamp Bridge makes up a third, or about 66 miles, of the whole of Interstate 55. It would take the average driver 40 minutes of commute to reach one end to another. Manchac Swamp Bridge’s total length is measured in at 36.69 kilometers long. It was opened up for public use since 1979.
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is a one-of-a-kind, two-part parallel bridge that crosses the Lake Pontchartrain, which is located in Lousiana, US. The longer of the two spans about 38.35 kilometers, or 23.83 miles long. This bridge was originally included in the renowned Guinness Book of World Records as the longest bridge that was created during its time.
The whole length of the bridge spans out 38.35 kilometers long, supported by more than 9000 pilings. It’s so long that the Lake Pontchartrain still makes it to the list of the longest bridges in the world, even after 47 years! The original bridge cost about $46 million and it was opened to the public in 1956. The second span was added to the tune of $30 million.
Beijing Grand Bridge
The Beijing Grand Bridge was originally constructed as a means to ferry high-speed trains. The exact location of it is in Beijing, considered to be the most beautiful city in China. The whole span of the Beijing Grand Bridge is 48.153 km, or 29.92 miles long. The longest part spans about 44 meters. The government of China has classified the bridge as a railway viaduct, which was completed in the year 2010. It was opened to the public in the year 2011.
Bang Na Expressway
The whole of the Bang Na Expressway is about 55 km long. It’s a six-lane highway that’s elevated in position. This Thai bridge acts as a toll road that was built way above the National Highway on Route 34. Construction was completed in the year 2000, and has an average span of 42 meters. The Bang Na Expressway easily crosses the Bang Pakong River. Among other interesting facts include twelve lanes and two toll plazas. It’s the culmination of engineering ideas of both Asian and American engineers.
Weinan Weihe Grand Bridge
The Weinan Weihe Grand Bridge is a connecting part of the grand high-speed railway between Xi’an and Zhengzhou. The project started out in 2008, and became available for public use in 2010. The whole length passes many railways and highways of China. When it was completed, the Weinan Weihe Grand Bridge was considered to be the longest bridge in the world, but two recent bridges beat the record. The whole of Weinan Weihe Grand Bridge spans 79.7 km long, and is so lengthy that it actually crosses Wei River two times over!
Tianjin Grand Bridge
Another high-speed railway bridge of the suspension kind, the Tianjin Grand Bridge connects two provinces, Qingxian and Langfang together. It’s a part of the Beijing to Shanghai High Speed Grand Railway. The whole bridge is measured to be 113 kilometers long since it was constructed in 2006. The Tianjin Grand Bridge appears in the 2011 Guinness Book of World Records as the 2nd longest bridge in Earth.
Danyang Kunshan Grand Bridge
Located on a railway line that spans from Shanghai to Nanjing in the province of Jiangsu, China, the Danyang Kunshan Grand Bridge is so long that it crosses many rivers, canals and lakes, and also passes through the norther population centers beginning from Danyang and finishing in Kunshan. Along the way it hovers over a 9-kilometer stretch of open water.
The whole length of the Danyang Kunshan Grand Bridge spans a whopping 164 km long! Construction started in the year 2006, and four years later it was completed. The grand opening date was on June 30, 2011.