The Highest, Tallest, Longest And Oldest Bridges In The World

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The Si Du River Bridge (also known as the Siduhe Bridge), spanning a deep river gorge near Yesanguan, Badong County, Hubei Province, China, is the highest bridge in the world, at 1,627 feet (496m). The main span of the bridge is 2,952 feet long (900m).

The newly-completed Baluarte Bridge is the highest cable-stayed bridge in the world, connecting the north-western Mexican state of Sinaloa with Durango and Mazatlan. At 1,124 metres long (3,687 feet) and hanging at over 400 metres high (1,312 feet), the Baluarte Bridge is part of Mexico's elaborate bicentennial celebrations to mark its independence from Spain in 1810.
The Royal Gorge Bridge over the Arkansas River near Cañon City, Colorado, USA, held the record of highest bridge in the world from 1929 until 2003, at 955 feet (291m) with a main span of 938 feet (286m)
The tallest bridge in the world is the Millau Bridge in France. This stunning cable stayed vehicular bridge has one mast reaching a height of 1,125ft. The bridge crosses the valley of the river Tarn near Millau and on cloudy days the bridge appears to almost float on the clouds. It was designed by the English architect Lord Norman Foster, cost £272 million and was entirely privately financed. French President Jacques Chirac called the bridge ‘a miracle of equilibrium’.
China opened the world’s longest sea bridge, a 26.4 mile-long structure that could easily span the English Channel. Stretching across the wide blue waters of Jiaozhou bay, the vast Y-shaped bridge connects the booming Northern port city of Qingdao with an airport built on a nearby island and the industrial suburb of Huangdao. Built in just four years at a cost reported by the Chinese state media as £1.42 billion, the bridge stands on 5,200 pillars. A staggering 450,000 tons of steel was used in the construction, enough for almost 65 Eiffel Towers, and 2.3 million cubic metres of concrete.
The world's longest bridge outside of Asia is the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in southern Louisiana, United States. At nearly 24 miles (38km) long, it is the seventh longest bridge in the world.


The longest bridge in the southern hemishpere is the Rio-Niterói Bridge which connects the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Niterói in Brazil. It is 8.25 miles (13,290 m) long.
The Vasco da Gama Bridge is the longest bridge in Europe (including viaducts) at 10.7 miles (17.2 km). It is a cable-stayed bridge flanked by viaducts that spans the Tagus River near Lisbon, Portugal. It is the ninth longest in the world
The longest single-span suspension bridge in the UK is the Humber Estuary bridge. It was completed in 1981 at a length of 1,410 metres and at the time of construction, it was the longest bridge in the world
However, the longest British bridge in its entirety is the Second Severn Crossing, which has a length of roughly 3.2 miles, over twice as long as the Humber Bridge. The Second Severn Crossing carries the M4 motorway over the River Severn between England and Wales. Inaugurated on June 5, 1996 by HRH The Prince of Wales it was built to augment the traffic capacity of the original Severn Bridge built in 1966
The Sutong Yangtze River Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge with the longest main span in the world (1,088 metres (3,570 ft). It spans the Yangtze River in China between Nantong and Changshu
The oldest bridge in the world is the Pons Fabricius or Ponte dei Quattro Capi in Rome, Italy, which was built in 62 BC

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