Since the dawn of time, humankind has always needed to..well…get to the other side of stuff. The desire for a bridge seems like an obvious one. However with over 600,000 bridges just in the United States alone, a great deal of our mobility as individuals is based on these gargantuan crossing tools. It is not just important that these devices function, it is that they function well and for a great deal of time.
As suspending from the air by a pieces of metal held together sometimes hundreds of meters above the ground, it is fascinating to know exactly which bridges in the world are the tallest, this article will be focused on not just which of our world’s bridges are the highest, and why this might be.
It is interesting to note that of the top twelve tallest bridges that exist throughout the world, with six of them exist in China. The reason for this is that a great portion of the land in China is distributed at different heights and across different bodies of water, making it more important to have a convenient way across for day to day living.
The Sutong Yangtze River Bridge for example spans across 3,570 feet and has received two awards in 2010 for Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement from the Society of America Civil Engineers. What this bridge does is greatly shorten the route between Shanghai and Nantong which was previously reachable through a four hour ferry ride. This has allowed for a great deal of connection to be increased between these two areas and enhanced the employment growth of both regions. At 306 meters high, this is the third tallest bridge in America and the whole world.
Another interesting fact about the tallest bridges is that North America does not make a presence on the list until number 15 with the Bridge of Golden Gate at 227.4 meters used to span across what is called the Golden Strait. This is a mile wide, that is as long as three mile channel of water between the the Bay of San Fransisco and Pacific Ocean. However, it is interesting to note that the western side of the world is so far down on this list as much of its land is very connected.
Not only is the United States the only country in North America that enters the list of the world’s tallest bridges in the world, but it also doesn’t make a second appearance until number 35 with the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. This is popular double decked suspension bridge in the state of New York that connects the New York City boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn together. This allows for greater connection between the two regions.
Another interesting feature to the list of tallest bridges is Russia’s Russky Bridge at number two which connects the mainland section of the city to Russky Island, where the main activities of the summit took place. It is incredible to consider that without the creation of the bridge, activity to the region would be a fraction of what is was prior to its creation.
Tallest Bridges In The World
|5||Hong Kong||Stonecutters Bridge||978||298|
|6||South Korea||Yi Sun-sin Bridge||890||270|
|8||Denmark||Great Belt East Bridge||833||254|
|9||China||Zhongxian Huyu Expressway Bridge||812||248|
|11||China||Jiujiang Fuyin Expressway Bridge||802||244|
|14||South Korea||Incheon Bridge||756||231|
|15||United States||Golden Gate Bridge||746||227|
|16||China||Xiamen Zhangzhou Bridge||745||227|
|19||Mexico||El Carrizo Bridge||741||226|
|20||China||Xiangshan Harbor Bridge||740||226|
|23||Mexico||San Marcos Bridge||732||223|
|24||China||Fourth Nanjing Yangtze Bridge||732||223|
|29||China||Third Nanjing Yangtze Bridge||706||215|