Bridges are mankind’s greatest invention. They serve as a channel between two pieces of land separated by a water body, gorge, or another road between the two surfaces. Bridges require brilliant planning and execution so they don’t fall apart. Bridge collapses have resulted in grave loss of life and property. We have compiled a list of the tallest bridges in the world that are shining examples of good planning and exemplary engineering. The height of the bridges is calculated using a simple criterion. The distance between the highest and the lowest point in the bridge is calculated. As a matter of fact there is a difference between the highest bridges and the tallest bridges. The highest bridges rank on the basis of the height of the deck of the road on which they are built.
Bridges not only serve as connecting links between two places but they are also instrumental in economic progress as they considerably decrease travel times and the incidences of accidents and loss of life due to natural disasters. The design, construction and material of these bridges need to be ideal to help them withstand natural influences as well as the weight of the vehicles that pass through them. Let us now check out the tallest bridges in the world.
- Top 10 Tallest Bridges In The World
- 10. Jiujiang Fuyin Expressway Bridge, China
- 9. Zhongxian Huyu Expressway Bridge, China
- 8. Great Belt East Bridge, Denmark
- 7. Jingyue Bridge, China
- 6. Yi Sun-sin Bridge, South Korea
- 5. Stonecutters Bridge, Hong Kong
- 4. Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, Japan
- 3. Sutong Bridge, China
- 2. Russky Bridge, Russia
- 1. Millau Viaduct, France
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Top 10 Tallest Bridges In The World
10. Jiujiang Fuyin Expressway Bridge, China
Measuring 244.3 metres (802 ft) tall, this is a Cable-stayed bridge. It is also known as the Second Jiujiang Bridge. It serves as a connecting link between Huangmei, Huanggang, in Hubei province and Jiujiang, in Jiangxi. Consisting of 6 lanes, this bridge is a part of the G70 Fuzhou–Yinchuan Expressway and is situated on the Yangtze river. It was inaugurated on October 28, 2013. This bridge spans across 818 metres and is one of the longest cable stayed bridges in the world. Consisting of numerous spans with different measurements, this bridge also has railway routes attached to it.
9. Zhongxian Huyu Expressway Bridge, China
Standing at 247.5 metres (812 ft), this bridge was inaugurated in the year 2010. This bridge runs across the Yangtze River in Zhong County. The bridge traverses across 460 metres and is one of the longest cable stayed bridges in the world.
8. Great Belt East Bridge, Denmark
This bridge stands at 254 metres (833 ft). Inaugurated in the year 1998, the Great Belt East bridge is the connecting link between the Danish islands of Zealand and Funen. This bridge is ranked as the third tallest bridge in Europe.
7. Jingyue Bridge, China
Situated across the Yangtse river, this bridge is 265 metres (869 ft) tall. The Jingyue bridge is cable-stayed bridge. It is located in Jianli County. The bridge was completed in the year 2010. It connects the regions of Jianli County, Hubei Province and Yueyang, Hunan Province in central China.
6. Yi Sun-sin Bridge, South Korea
This bridge is the second tallest suspension bridge in the world measuring 270 metres (890 ft). It is also ranked as the 6th tallest bridge in the world. Situated on the southern coast of South Korea, this bridge is a part of the Approach Road moving towards the Yeosu Industrial Complex. It is the connecting link between Gwangyand and Myodo Dong island in Yeosu City. Named after a Korean Admiral who built the world’s first iron warship known as the Turtle Ship and hailed as a national hero for his role in protecting South Korea from the Japanese Navy during the Joseon Dynasty, this bridge was designed by Yooshin corporation. The construction was completed under the aegis of Daelim Industrial Company.
5. Stonecutters Bridge, Hong Kong
Standing at 298 metres (978 ft), this is cable stayed bridge passing through the Rambler Channel in Hong Kong. This bridge is the connecting link between the areas of Nam Wan Kok, Tsing Yi island and Stonecutters Island. The Stonecutter bridge reached completion in the year 2009.
4. Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, Japan
Standing tall at 298.3 metres (979 ft), this is a suspension bridge inaugurated in the year 1998. It serves as a connecting link between the cities of Kobe and Iwaya. The Akashi Kaikyo bridge is the tallest suspension bridge in the world. The suspension towers of this bridge are 300 metres tall. In the area of Akashi Strait where this bridge lies, storms and floods are common leading to many ferry mishaps one of which had a death toll of 168. This led to public outcry and pressure on the Japanese government to construct a bridge in this region and was inaugurated by Crown Prince Naruhito and his wife Crown Princess Masako of Japan along with Construction Minister Tsutomu Kawara on April 5 1998. The bridge consists of 6 lanes in total.
3. Sutong Bridge, China
Situated by the Yangtze river, this bridge is 306 metres (1,004 ft) tall. It lies between Nantong and Changshu. The Sutong bridge spans across 1088 metres and was the recipient of the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award (OCEA) in the year 2010 for its excellent design and construction. This bridge consists of two towers each having a height of 306 metres. The construction concluded in May 2008. The Sutong Bridge connects Shanghai and Nanatong and shortens the travelling distance from four hours to one hour. This bridge has been instrumental in inviting large scale foreign investment to the area.
2. Russky Bridge, Russia
This is a cable stayed bridge located in Vladivostok, Russia and connects Russky Island with Muravyov Amursky Peninsula. It is 320.9 metres (1,053 ft) tall. This bridge traverses across the Eastern Bosphorus Strait and spans across 1104 metres. Russky bridge is the longest cable stayed bridge in the world. It was built in July 2012 during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference at Russky Island.
1. Millau Viaduct, France
This bridge is 343 metres (1,125 ft) tall. The Millau Viaduct was inaugurarated in 2004 and consists of 4 lanes. This is a cable supported bridge spread across the Tarn River in Southern France. The Millau Viaduct consists of 7 piers of various heights. The tallest pier is 244.9 metres high making this bridge even taller than the Eiffel Tower.