Monday, 18 September 2017


Bridges and humans have had a long history. Many are designed exclusively for people on foot or on bike; others are for use by cars, boats or trains. Some bridges connect continents; others are known more for their histories and the cultural interest they inspire.

Today’s bridges not solely symbolize our world’s advancement in design however its advancement in technology as well. Consequently, architects and engineers are able to merge style and technology together in order to make bridges that are larger, better, and additional spectacular than ever before.

We’ve compiled a list of 10 most amazing bridges from around the word, both young and old. If we’ve missed and of your favorites, please add them in the comments area below.

10. Tower Bridge: London, England

A combined bascule and suspension bridge in London which crosses the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, from which it takes its name, and has become an iconic symbol of London. The Bridge was opened on June 30, 1894 by The Prince of Wales. One of the final scenes of the Hollywood blockbuster “Sherlock Holmes” is played out on the bridge in the movie’s climax.

9. Nanpu Bridge: Shanghai, China

Known for its funky and innovative spiral approach, Shanghai’s Nanpu Bridge designers came up with the novel idea to save space. It has a main span of 428 meters, shorter than its sister bridge (Yangpu Bridge). It is the 57th longest cable-stayed bridge in the world, opened to the public in 1991.

8. Akashi-Kaikyō or Pearl Bridge: Kobe-Na

The Pearl Bridge has the longest central span of any suspension bridge in the world, with 1,991m at its completion in 1998. It is one of the key links of the Honshū-Shikoku Bridge Project, which created three routes across the Inland Sea. The Bridge stood a true test of strength even before it opened when it survived the Kobe Earthquake on January 17, 1995.

7. Brooklyn Bridge: New York City, United States

Completed in 1883, Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the U.S.. It was the longest suspension bridge in the world from its opening until 1903, with a main span of 486.3 m, and the first steel-wire suspension bridge. Since its opening, it has become an icon of New York City, and was designated a National Historic Landmark and a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

6. Tsing Ma Bridge: Hong Kong, China

The Tsing Ma Bridge is the world’s ninth-longest span suspension bridge, and was the second longest at time of completion. It feature two decks and carry both road and rail traffic, which also makes it the largest suspension bridge of this type. There are no walkways on the bridge. The 41m wide deck carries six lanes of automobile traffic, with three lanes in each direction. The lower level contains two rail tracks and two sheltered carriageways, used for maintenance access and traffic lanes when particularly severe typhoons strike Hong Kong and the bridge deck is closed to traffic.

5.Mahatma Gandhi setu, Patna, India

Mahatma Gandhi Setu (also called Gandhi Setu or Ganga Setu) is a bridge over the river Ganges connecting Patna in the south to Hajipur in the north of Bihar. Its length is 5,750 meters (18,860 ft) and it is the second longest river bridge in India. It was inaugurated in May 1982 by the then Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi, inauguration took place at north end of the bridge located in Hajipur viewed by thousands of people.

Mahatma Gandhi Setu is a bridge over the river Ganges connecting Patna in the south to Hajipur in the north of Bihar. Its length is 5,750 meters and it is the second longest river bridge in India.  Mahatma Gandhi Setu is the second-longest bridge above water in India (5,750 m).

  • Gandhi Setu construction cost : Rs 87.22 crore at that time. 
  • Number of intermediate spans : 45
  • Length of each span : 121.065 meters.
  • Technology used for construction of Mahatma Gandhi setu in Patna :Prestressing -cantilever slabs with hinge bearings and box girder. 
  • Time taken to complete the construction of Gandhi Setu : 10+ years. Construction work started in 1972 and finished in 1982.

  • Before Mahatma Gandhi setu was built in Patna, people going to north Bihar had to cross river Ganga by boat, a ship or a steamer. Other option left with the people was to take a rail route which was very long. But with inauguration of Gandhi Setu in Patna, this distance and pain of traveling to north Bihar was greatly reduced. Its importance can be judged from the fact that more than 40,000 vehicles pass this bridge everyday.

    4. Ponte Vecchio: Florence, Italy

    The Ponte Vecchio is a Medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River, in Florence, Italy. It is mainly known for its shops of jewelers, art dealers and souvenir sellers. Regardless, the Ponte Vecchio Brige is gorgeous and has a rich history dating back to the time of the Romans. During World War II the bridge was not destroyed by the Nazis — unlike many other bridges in Europe — under an express order from Adolf Hitler.

    3. Golden Gate Bridge: San Francisco, United States

    The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California and U.S.. It is arguably the most recognizable bridge in the world. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Frommers travel guide considers the Golden Gate Bridge “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world”. It opened in 1937 and had until 1964 the longest suspension bridge main span in the world, at 4,200 feet (1,280 m).

    2. Hangzhou Bay Bridge

    Hangzhou Bay Bridge is a 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.the total length of the bridge is 35,673 m whose construction started on 8 june 2003. The 36 km-long Hangzhou Bay Bridge is the longest ocean-crossing bridge in the world, spanning across the Hangzhou Bay on the East China Sea and crossing the Qiantang River at the Yangtze River Delta.

    1.The Millau Viaduct

    This is personally my all time favorite bridge. The Millau Viaduct is a cable-stayed bridge that spans the gorge valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southern France. It is the tallest bridge in the world, with one mast's summit at 343.0 meters above the base of the structure. Located in Viaduc de Millau, 12400 Millau, France. the construction of the bridge started on 16 Oct 2001. total length of the bridge is 2,460 m. It was designed by the French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux and British architect Sir Norman Foster.

    Hey friends, this is my list of top 10 bridge in the world, i am sure you might have your favorite list. I would love to know about your list. 
     If we’ve missed and of your favorites, please add them in the comments area below.
    also watch some special video which i have made on gandhi setu bridge and Digha Sonpur bridge.the links are below.

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