World’s Ten Longest Bridges

China is home to seven of the ten longest bridges in the world

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Weekend Image Post – Longest Bridges

This is a list of the ten longest bridges in the world sorted by their full length above land or water. Span refers to their longest span without any ground support. China is already home to seven of the world’s ten longest bridges, including the world’s longest, the 165-kilometer Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge for high-speed rail, which runs over land and water near Shanghai.
 

Note:
There is no standard way to measure the total length of a bridge. Some bridges are measured from the beginning of the entrance ramp to the end of the exit ramp. Some are measured from shoreline to shoreline. Yet others are the length of the total construction involved in building the bridge.

In this weekend image blog post we publish ten images of the longest bridges in the world.

Ten Longest Bridges in the World

1) Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge

164,800 m (540,700 ft)
2010 (Complete), 2011 (Open)
People’s Republic of China
High-speed rail
Guinness: Longest bridge (any type), 2011
Photo credit: goodsview

Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge
Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge is the world’s longest bridge. It is a 164.8 kilometres long viaduct on the Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway. The bridge is located between Shanghai and Nanjing in East China’s Jiangsu province.
Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge holds the Guinness World Record for the longest bridge in the world (as of June 2011).
Read more on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2) Tianjin Grand Bridge

Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway
113,700 m (373,000 ft)
2010 (Complete), 2011 (Open)
People’s Republic of China
High-speed rail
Photo credit: Wuyouyuan

Tianjin Grand Bridge
Tianjin Grand Bridge is a railway viaduct bridge that runs between Langfang and Qingxian, part of the Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway. It is one of the longest bridges in the world with a total length of about 113.7 kilometres. It was completed in 2010 and opened in 2011. As of 2011 Guinness World Records recorded it as the second longest bridge in the world.
Read more on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

3) Weinan Weihe Grand Bridge

79,732 m (261,588 ft)
2008 (Complete), 2010 (Open)
People’s Republic of China
High-speed rail
Photo credit: Xinhua Agency

Weinan Weihe Grand Bridge
The Weinan Weihe Grand Bridge is a part of the Zhengzhou–Xi’an High-Speed Railway which connects Zhengzhou and Xi’an, in China. The bridge is 79,732 m long crossing the Wei River twice, as well as many other rivers, highways and railways. Upon its completion, it was the longest bridge in the world, but surpassed by two new bridges on Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway that completed in 2010.

The bridge was completed in 2008 but the railway line itself did not open until February 6, 2010.
Read more on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

4) Bang Na Expressway

54,000 m (177,000 ft)
2000
Thailand
Road
Photo credit: Miniwildebeest

Bang Na Expressway
The Bang Na Expressway is a 54 km long six-lane elevated highway in Bangkok, Thailand. It is a toll road and runs above National Highway route 34, (Bang Na–Bang Pakong Highway) owned by the Expressway Authority of Thailand.
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5) Beijing Grand Bridge

48,153 m (157,982 ft)
2010 (Complete), 2011 (Open)
People’s Republic of China
High-speed rail

Beijing Grand Bridge
Beijing Grand Bridge is a 48.153 kilometres long railway viaduct on the Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway, located in Beijing. It was completed in 2010 and opened in 2011.
Read more on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

6) Jiaozhou Bay Bridge

42,500 m (139,400 ft)
2011
People’s Republic of China
Road
Guinness: Longest bridge over water (aggregate), July 2011

Jiaozhou Bay Bridge
Jiaozhou Bay Bridge is a roadway bridge in eastern China’s Shandong province. It transects Jiaozhou Bay, connecting Huangdao District, the city of Qingdao and Hongdao Island (the bridge is “T” shaped with 3 entry/exit points). Opened on 30 June 2011, it reduces the road distance between Qingdao and Huangdao.
Read more on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

7) Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

38,442 m (126,122 ft)
1956 (SB), 1969 (NB)
United States
Highway
Guinness: Longest bridge over water (continuous), 1969

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway
The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway consists of two parallel bridges crossing Lake Pontchartrain in southern Louisiana, United States. The longer of the two bridges is 38.35 km long. Since 1969 it was listed by Guinness World Records as the longest bridge over water in the world; in 2011 in response to the opening of the longer Jiaozhou Bay Bridge in China, Guinness created two categories for bridges over water: continuous and aggregate lengths over water. Lake Pontchartrain Causeway then became the longest bridge over water (continuous) while Jiaozhou Bay Bridge the longest bridge over water (aggregate).
Read more on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

8) Manchac Swamp Bridge

38,442 m (126,122 ft)
1970
United States
Road
Photo credit: Melanie Commander Thibodaux

Manchac Swamp Bridge
The Manchac Swamp Bridge is a twin concrete trestle bridge in the US state of Louisiana. With a total length of 36.69 km it is one of the longest bridges in the world over water. The bridge carries Interstate 55 over the Manchac Swamp in Louisiana, and represents one-third of the highway’s approximately 66 miles in Louisiana. Opening in 1979, its piles were driven 76 m beneath the swamp and with the cost of the span being $7 million per mile to complete.
Read more on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

9) Yangcun Bridge

Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway
35,812 m (117,493 ft)
2007
People’s Republic of China
High-speed rail

The Yancun Bridge connects the railway between the Chinese towns of Beijing and Tian-jin.

10) Hangzhou Bay Bridge

35,673 m (117,037 ft)
2007
People’s Republic of China
Road
Photo credit: Jürgen Zeller

Hangzhou Bay Bridge
Hangzhou Bay Bridge is a long highway bridge with a cable-stayed portion across Hangzhou Bay in the eastern coastal region of China. It connects the municipalities of Jiaxing and Ningbo in Zhejiang province. At 35.673 km in length, Hangzhou Bay Bridge is one of the longest trans-oceanic bridges in the world. Construction of the bridge was completed on June 14, 2007, and an opening ceremony was held on June 26, 2007, to great domestic media fanfare. The bridge was not opened to public use until May 1, 2008, after a considerable period of testing and evaluation. The bridge shortened the highway travel distance between Ningbo and Shanghai from 400 km to 280 km and reduced travel time from 4 to 2.5 hours.
Read more on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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