Quite a few large bridges connecting the lands to each other or crossing the immense ocean are clear evidence of the great capacity of the human. Here are the 8 longest bridges in the world including Seven Mile Bridge, San Mateo-hayward Bridge, Confederation Bridge, Rio-niteroi Bridge, Penang Bridge, Vasco da Gama Bridge, Chesapeake Bay Bridge and King Fahd Causeway. They are also 8 attractive tourist destinations for visitors.
Seven Mile Bridge
The real length of Seven Mile Bridge is 6.79 miles that are equivalent to 10.93 kilometers. This bridge runs across the channel connecting the Gulf of Mexico and Florida. Seven Mile Bridge was built from a transoceanic railway project between Miami and Keywest. After the severe devastation of two thunderstorms in 1935 and 1960, Seven Mile Bridge was restored by the US government and completed in 1982.
In particular, in April every year, the bridge blocked traffic for nearly two and a half hours to hold a cross-country running contest called Fun Run or Seven Mile Bridge Run. This traditional crossing has been started since 1982 to mark the inauguration of Seven Mile Bridge. Because of the majestic beauty, Seven Mile Bridge becomes the movie scenes for many famous films such as “True lies”, “Fast and Furious”, “License to Kill” and “Up close & personal”.
San Mateo-hayward Bridge
With a length of 11.3 kilometers, San Mateo Bridge connects San Francisco Peninsula with East Bay in California, USA. The bridge was officially built in 1929 and restored in 1967 at a surprising cost of 70 million dollars. Every day, 93,000 vehicles move on 6 lanes of San Mateo-hayward Bridge. Currently, seismometer is also installed around San Mateo-hayward Bridge, which is aimed at fighting against earthquake.
Bridging Edward Prince island in the east coast of Canada with New Brunswick and having a length of eight miles (12.9 kilometers), Confederation Bridge deserves to be the longest bridge in the world today. Confederation is ranked one of the greatest building achievements throughout the 20th century. The construction of bridge started from the fall of 1993 to the spring of 1997 with a budget of $1 billion. Furthermore, this amazing bridge results from hard efforts of over 5,000 engineers and employees Since its inauguration on May 31, 1997, the great bridge has achieved a lot of great awards.
As a box girder bridge, Rio-Niteroi Bridge connects two major cities of Rio de Janeiro and Niteroi in Brazil and measures 8.25 miles (13.29 kilometers). During her visit to Brazil, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip took part in the groundbreaking ceremony on August 23, 1968. In April 1974, Rio-Niteroi Bridge was officially completed.
The official name of The Rio-Niteroi Bridge is “President Costa e Silva Bridge”, which is named after the Brazilian president who proposed the construction of the bridge. Currently, there are about 140,000 vehicles going through the bridge every day.
Penang Bridge is a two-way bridge linking Gelugor and Seberang Prai of Malay Peninsula, Malaysia. Penang is the longest bridge in Malaysia with a length of 8.4 miles (13.5 kilometers). Penang Bridge was designed by Chin Fung Kee, a famous engineer whose homeland is Penang province. This construction was completed in September 1985.
Vasco da Gama Bridge
With a length of 17.2 kilometers including 0.829 kilometers of central section, 11.5 kilometers of viaduct and 4.8 kilometers of road to the bridge, Vasco Da Gama Bridge is the longest bridge in Europe. Vasco da Gama spans Tagus River, which is near Lisbon – the capital of Portugal, was inaugurated on March 29, 1998, the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the way from Europe to India by Vasco da Gama.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge
The official name of Chesapeake Bay Bridge is William Preston Lane, Tr, Memorial Bridge and its common name is Bay Bridge. This bridge connects the eastern states and western coasts of United States. With a length of 17.6 miles, Bay Bridge is a miraculous construction and was recognized as one of the 7 wonders of the world. It takes 25 minutes to explore the whole great bridge. Currently, Bay Bridge attracts a host of visitors to Maryland, USA.
King Fahd Causeway
King Fahd Causeway is 28 kilometers long and has 4 lanes. This is the bridge linking Saudi Arabia with Bahrain. On November 11, 1982, the kings of the two countries began the construction of this bridge. After four years of construction, with full support from Saudi Arabia, the bridge was completed in 1986 with a total expense of $1.2 million.