Bridges conquer landscapes and provide quick, safe passage to travellers. They cut through rivers and extend over valleys, connecting towns, cities, and countries. Bridges are architectural wonders and monumental feats of engineering.
Bridges require careful planning, requiring the expertise of engineers, architects, bridge fabricators, construction workers, and governments, all working together to create new roads and walkways for the benefit of the communities they serve.
Engineers construct modern bridges out of steel and concrete, as traditional materials like wood cannot support the massive weight of these monuments.
The largest and longest bridges in the world cover vast expanses, often connecting two landmasses over enormous bodies of water. Here are some of the most notable of these metal behemoths:
Qingdao Haiwan Bridge
The Qingdao Haiwan Bridge holds the world record for longest sea bridge in the world. Measuring 42,486 metres in length, this sea bridge connects the port city of Qingdao with the Shahdong Province. It extends over the Jiaozhou Bay and can carry over 30,000 cars. Citizens will use this bridge to commute from the Huangdao suburb to their workplaces in the city. It takes about 30 minutes to cross the bridge by car.
Weihe Grand Bridge
The Weihe Grand Bridge is another high-speed railway in China; it is 79,732 meters long and connects Zhengzhou and Xi’an. It crosses the Wei River twice, sprawling all over the countryside. It was completed in 2008.
Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge
China’s engineers are truly impressive makers of bridges. The Danyang- Kunshan Grand Bridge currently holds the world record for longest bridge in the world. A dizzying 164,800 metres in length, the bridge serves as a connecting line for two railway tunnels. It is so large that it crosses the Yangtze River Delta and the Yangcheng Lake.
Bridges make the world so much more accessible to regular people who want to travel from one locale to another. These architectural wonders are true representations of the ingenuity of the human race.