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10 Longest Suspension Bridges in the World

The ten longest suspension bridges in the world that are great symbols of the economic strength of the countries they are located in.

These are the ten longest suspension bridges in the world measured by the main span of each bridge. Each one of these bridges is an impressive engineering feat and they are all beautiful sites to behold. Drivers across these bridges are treated to impressive views of the bodies of water they span as well as the surrounding cities, waterways and countryside.The ten longest suspension bridges in the world are great sites to behold and symbols of economic and business progress in each economy.

China has the 2nd largest economy in the world and the fastest growing economy in the world and the largest number of the longest suspension bridges in the world with five. The United States has two and Japan, England and Denmark have one each. So by Continents Asia has six of the longest suspension bridges in the world and both Europe and North America have two each.

1) Akashi Kaikyo Bridge or the Pearl Bridge in Japan - 6,532 feet

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The longest suspension bridge in the world is the 6,532 foot long Akashi Kaikyo Bridge also known as the Pearl Bridge located in Japan. The Pearl Bridge connects the mainland of Japan at the city of Kobe with island of Awaji over the Akashi Strait. The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge was built from 1988 to 1998, contains 6 lanes of traffic and about 25,000 vehicles a day use the bridge.

2) Xihoumen Bridge in China - 5,413 feet

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Located on the Zhoushan Archipelago group of islands just of the central coastline of China is the 2nd longest suspension bridge in the world the 5,413 foot long Xihoumen Bridge. Completed in 2009 the Xihoumen Bridge is just one of a number of long suspension bridges in China many of which will be completed in the next few years as the Chinese economy continues to boom creating an ever growing need for bridges and infrastructure construction.

3) Great Belt Bridge in Denmark - 5,328 feet

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The Great Belt Bridge or Link spans the Great Belt Strait between the islands of Zealand and Funen in central Denmark and at 5,328 feet in length is the 3rd longest suspension bridge in the world. Completed in 1998 the Great Belt Bridge replaced ferry service between the islands and increased traffic between the islands by about 4 times as 8,000 cars a day used the ferry and over 30,000 cars a day use the bridge.

4) Runyang Bridge in China - 4,888 feet

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The Runyang Bridge spans the mighty Yangtze River just downstream from the city of Nanjing and at 4,888 feet in length is the 4th longest suspension bridge in the world and 2nd longest in China. Completed in 2005 the Runyang Bridge is heavily traveled and has 6 lanes to handle the traffic.

5) Humber Bridge in the UK - 4,626 feet

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The Humber Bridge spans the Humber River near Kingston upon Hull in south-central England. At 4,626 feet the Humber Bridge is the 5th longest suspension bridge in the world and held the title of longest suspension bridge in the world for 17 years from 1981 until 1998 when the Great Belt Bridge was completed.

6) Jiangyin Suspension Bridge in China - 4,543 feet

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The Jiangyin Suspension Bridge spans the mighty Yangtze River connecting the cities of Jiangyin and Jingjiang along the east central coast of China. Completed in 1999 the Jiangyin Suspension Bridge has 6 lanes for traffic and at 4,543 feet in length is the 6th longest suspension bridge in the world and 3rd longest in China.

7) Tsing Ma Bridge in Hong Kong - 4,518 feet

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The Tsing Ma Bridge spans the Ma Wan Channel between the islands of Tsing Yi and Ma Wan in Hong Kong. Completed in 1997 the Tsing Ma Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the world open to both vehicle and railway traffic.

8) Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York - 4,260 feet

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At 4,260 feet in length the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge spanning the Narrows between the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn in New York City is the longest suspension bridge in the United States. The beautiful Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world from the time it was completed in 1964 until the Humber Bridge was completed in 1998 in England. The Narrows is the strait where the Hudson River empties into the Atlantic Ocean.

9) Goledn Gate Bridge in San Francisco - 4,200

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The Golden Gate Bridge is the most famous and most photographed bridge in the world. At 4,200 feet in length it is the 2nd longest suspension bridge in the United States and 9th longest in the world. When completed in 1937 the Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world and held that title until 1964 when the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was opened. The Golden Gate Bridge spans the Golden Gate Strait where San Francsico Bay empties into the Pacific Ocean.

9) Yangluo Bridge in China - 4,200

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The Yangluo Bridge is yest another suspension bridge in China that spans the Yangtze River. Located at the city of Wuhan in east-central China the Yangluo Bridge is teid with the Golden Gate Bridge as the 9th longest suspension bridge in the world and is 4th bridge built over the Yangtze River at Wuhan to handle the ever growing traffic in the area as the Chinese economy continues to grow rapidly. The Yangluo Bridge was built from 2003 to 2007.

Sources:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_longest_suspension_bridge_spans

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Comments (3)

I like all those bridges. Spectacular bridges indeed!

A new type of green suspension bridge with a large span- http://spb-projects.ru/showpage.php?id=55&newsId=1539 (green - because it saves a lot of concrete and reinforcing steel). Progress does not stand still, the use of new materials and technologies gives amazing results. http://blog.dp.ru/post/5191/

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