Some of the longest bridges in the world

Kenny Slaught loves big infrastructures and big constructions. We have seen the oldest buildings, design wonders and many more. There are many architect wonders that could be talked about in this blog.

Have you ever been amazed by long roads and very long bridges that connect almost two impossible to connect places? Have you ever wondered how they do it and how they built it? They are amazing to see and sometimes we don’t even notice them as we are driving through them. Bridges connect people and places and make it easier for everybody as you will see in this article that will give you information on the largest bridges around the world.

Saratov Bridge

The Saratov Bridge is located over the Volga River in Saratov, Russia. When it was built back in 1965, it was the pride and joy of the region because it used to be the longest bridge in the Soviet Union. It has a length of 2,803.7 meters and it connects the city of Saratov which is on the right side of the river, in the west bank of the River, with the city of Engels that is in the left side of the river, in the east bank. As for today, there is another bridge upstream that crosses the village of Pristannoye. This bridge is located 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) from the  Saratov Bridge and it started to be constructed in the 1990s and by the year 2000, the first part was already finished and opened to be used by cars and pedestrians. The second part was completed and opened on the 16th of October 2009. The total length including approaches and viaducts is 12,760 meters (41,860 ft).

Saratov Bridge Russian_Architect wonders of the world_Kenny Slaught
Image courtesy of Edmund Gall at Flickr.com

The Jubilee Parkway

The Jubilee parkway is a pair of parallel concrete viaduct bridges that are located on the Interstate 10. It crosses Mobile Bay from the George Wallace Tunnel on Blakeley Island in Mobile, Alabama eastbound to Spanish Fort/Daphne, Alabama. It was named for the jubilee phenomena that occurs intermittently in Mobile Bay, but is commonly referred to locally and in the media as the “Bayway”. The phenomenon is that twice per year fish, crabs, shrimp and other sea creatures suddenly swarm into the shallow waters of Mobile Bay, and even crawl or slither their way onto land. The bridges have almost the same design than the  pre-Hurricane Katrina I-10 Twin Span Bridge near New Orleans, Louisiana had. Since the bridge has two separate bridges, that means it has 4 lanes, each bridge having two lanes for cars and with a total length of 7.5 miles (12.1 km) long. The bridge was opened in 1978.

The Confederation Bridge

This bridge crosses the Abegweit Passage of Northumberland Strait, linking Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunswick, Canada. This bridge has an amazing feature in the winter months because the water freezes and it becomes the only bridge in the world to cross such a body of ice.  After four years of construction, many crews and more than five thousand local workers, the Confederation Bridge opened to traffic on May 31, 1997. The total cost of this amazing bridge was a staggering one billion dollars. There was a very strong debate among the local inhabitants because they felt their way of life would be affected due to the bridge construction and the amount of people pouring into the countryside. Eventually, it was decided that the debate would be settled at the polls. And of course, the “green light” for the bridge won.  A design was selected in January 18, 1988, and the bridge was totally finished at the beginning of 1997. The bridge still remains as one of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the 20th century.

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Image courtesy of Jamie McCaffrey at Flickr.com

Bhumibol Bridge

This bridge is also known as the Industrial Ring Road Bridge and is part of the 13 km long Industrial Ring Road connecting southern Bangkok with the Samut Prakan Province. The bridge crosses the Chao Phraya River twice. The two cable stayed bridges, with main spans of 398m and 326m, connected by a high level viaduct have three lane carriageways and an additional climbing lane on the approaches. The concrete pylons have the shape of a diamond and they have cables that support the outer edges of the main decks. The overall length of the two crossings together with three elevated approaches is approximately 5km.

Bridges have always been with humanity since it first starting dwelling. Rivers had to be crossed and communities had to be connected. These amazing architect wonders can be seen all over the world in many shapes and sizes. These are just 4 of those bridges that are worth writing about.

Take a look at this amazing article about 6 not very well known wonders in the world.  

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