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World's 20 highest bridges

Last updated on: February 22, 2012 09:55 IST

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Millau Viaduct, France

Designed by the British architect Norman Foster and French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux, the Millau Viaduct spans the valley of the river Tarn near Millau in southern France.

It is the tallest bridge in the world with one mast's summit at 343 metres (1,125 ft) above the base of the structure.

Height: 343 m
Type: Cable-stayed
Use: Motorway

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Sutong Bridge, China

The Sutong Yangtze River Bridge that spans the Yangtze River in China received the 2010 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award (OCEA) from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Two towers of the bridge are 306 metres (1,004 ft) high and thus the second tallest in the world.
The total bridge length is 8,206 metres (26,923 ft). It cost a whopping $1.7 billion to construct this bridge.

Height: 306 m
Type: Cable-stayed
Use: Motorway

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Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, Japan

The Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge also known as the Pearl Bridge, has the longest central span of any suspension bridge, at 1,991 metres (6,532 ft).

The bridge links the city of Kobe on the mainland of Honshu to Iwaya on Awaji Island by crossing the busy Akashi Strait.

Height: 298.3 m
Type: Suspension
Use: Motorway

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Stonecutters Bridge, Hong Kong

Stonecutters Bridge is a high level cable-stayed bridge which spans the Rambler Channel in Hong Kong, connecting Nam Wan Kok, Tsing Yi Island and Stonecutters Island.

The bridge deck was completed in April 2009, making this the second longest cable-stayed span in the world, and opened to traffic on 20 December 2009.

The Stonecutters Bridge won the 2010 Supreme Award at the annual Structural Awards presented by the Institution of Structural Engineers, United Kingdom.

Height: 298 m
Type: Cable-stayed
Use: Road

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Great Belt East Bridge, Denmark

The Great Belt Fixed Link is the fixed link between the Danish islands of Zealand and Funen across the Great Belt.
It consists of a road suspension bridge and railway tunnel between Zealand and the island Sprogo.

Designed by the Danish architectural practice Dissing+Weitling, the suspension bridge, known as the East Bridge, has the world's third longest main span (1.6 km).

Height: 254 m
Type: Suspension
Use: Motorway

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E'dong Bridge, China

E'dong bridge is a cable-stayed bridge with a main span of 926 metres. The bridge forms part of the G45 Daqing-Guangzhou Expresswayand the G50 Shanghai-Chongqing Expressway near Huangshi, Hubei, China.

Height: 242.5 m
Type: Cable-stayed
Use: Expressway

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Golden Gate Bridge, United States

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate.One of the most internationally recognised symbols, it has been declared one of the modern Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Height: 227.4 m
Type: Suspension
Use: Motorway

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Foresthill Bridge, United States

The Foresthill Bridge over the North Fork of the American River is the highest bridge in California.

Opened in 1973, the bridge spans the North Fork of the American River in Placer County between the city of Auburn and the town of Foresthill in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Pedestrians can walk across bridge in both directions.

Height: 223 m
Type: Concrete
Use: Road

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Tatara Bridge, Japan

The Tatara Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge, part of the Nishiseto Expressway. The bridge has a centre span of 890 metres (2,920 ft).

The bridge, which opened on May 1, 1999, has two lanes of traffic in each direction and has additional lanes for bicycles, motor bikes, and pedestrians.

Height: 220 m
Type: Cable-stayed
Use: Road

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Pont de Normandie, France

The Pont de Normandie is a cable-stayed road bridge that spans the river Seine linking Le Havre to Honfleur in Normandy, northern France.

Designed by Michel Virlogeux, its total length is 2,143.21 metres (7,032 ft)- 856 metres (2,808 ft) between the two piers.

Height: 215 m
Type: Cable-stayed
Use: Expressway

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Runyang Bridge, China

The Runyang Bridge, a part of the Beijing-Shanghai Expressway  is a large bridge complex that crosses the Yangtze River in Jiangsu Province, China.

The bridge has the second longest span in China. The height clearance for river navigation is about 50 metres (164 ft).

Height: 215 m
Type: Suspension
Use: Road

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Verrazano Narrows Bridge, United States

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is a double-decked suspension bridge that connects the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn in New York City.

The bridge is named for both the French explorer of Italian descent Giovanni da Verrazzano, the first known European navigator to enter New York.

It has a center span of 4,260 feet (1,298 m) and was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time of its completion in 1964.

Height: 211.3 metres
Type: Suspension
Use: Motorway

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Xihoumen Bridge, China

The Xihoumen Bridge is a suspension bridge built on the Zhoushan Archipelago, the largest offshore island group in China.  The main span was completed in December 2007.

Height: 211 metres
Type: Suspension
Use: Road

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Tsing Ma Bridge, Hong Kong

The Tsing Ma Bridge is the world's seventh-longest span suspension bridge.

The bridge has a main span of 1,377 metres (4,518 ft) and a height of 206 metres (676 ft). The span is the largest of all bridges in the world carrying rail traffic.

Height: 206 m
Type: Suspension
Use: Road/railway

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Ting Kau Bridge, Hong Kong

Ting Kau Bridge is a 1,177-metre long cable-stayed bridge in Hong Kong that spans from the northwest of Tsing Yi Island and Tuen Mun Road.

Ting Kau Bridge is the world's first major 4-span cable-stayed bridge.

Height: 201.6 m
Type: Cable-stayed
Use: Road
 

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Oresund Bridge, Sweden

The Oresund is a combined twin-track railway and dual carriageway bridge-tunnel across the Oresund strait.

The bridge connects Sweden and Denmark, and it is the longest road and rail bridge in Europe. The Oresund Bridge received the 2002 IABSE Outstanding Structure Award.

Height: 203.5 m
Type: Cable-stayed
Use: Motorway/railway

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Ada Bridge, Serbia

The world's longest single-pylon cable-stayed bridge is built over the Sava river in Belgrade, Serbia.

Construction began in 2008 and the bridge opened on 1 January 2012. All adjoining roads are expected to be completed by 2013.

Height: 202 m
Type: Cable-stayed
Use: Road and Light railway


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Huangpu Bridge, China

The Huangpu Bridge is a suspension bridge in Guangzhou, Guangdong province in China. The Bridge's total length is 7,016 metre and the main span is 1,108 metres. It was opened for traffic in December 2008.

Height: 201 m
Type: Cable-stayed
Use: Road/Railway

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Mezcala-Solidaridad Bridge, Mexico

The Mezcala Bridge with a total length of 891 m (2,923 ft) and six uneven spans completed in 1993, has been in service since 1994.

When built, it was considered to be the highest bridge in Mexico and the second highest multiple cable-stayed bridge to be built in the world.

Height: 200 m
Type: Cable-stayed
Use: Motorway

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Minami Bisan-Seto Bridge, Japan

Stretching across 13.1 kilometres , it ranks as the world's longest two-tiered bridge system.

The Great Seto Bridge is a series of double deck bridges connecting Okayama and Kagawa prefectures in Japan across a series of five small islands in the Seto Inland Sea.

Height: 200 m
Use: Road/Rail


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