longest bridges in the world

Longest Bridges in the World

How Long are the Longest Bridges Spanning Water or Valleys?

The longest bridges in the world which span rivers or valleys are either cable-stayed bridges or suspension bridges. Cable stayed bridges are supported by cables anchored to pylons. Suspension bridges have ropes on both banks rooted deep into the ground. The longest bridge in the world with the largest span width (1,991 m) is the Akashi Kaikyö* suspension bridge in Japan. The world’s longest bridge, with cable-stays and the largest span, is the Russky Bridge in Russia. Other bridge types include historic arched stone bridges, beam bridges, frame bridges, girder bridges and pendulum terminal bridges.

  • Bridge span = Longest span between two pillars. Bridge length = Total length including all pillars. Bridge height = From deck of bridge to ground/water level under bridge.
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Longest Bridges in the World Span (m) Span (feet) Country/Locality Total length (m) Total length (feet) Bridge Type High (m) High (feet) Opened
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge (aka Pearl Bridge) 1991 6532 Japan, Kobe 3911 12831 Suspension bridge. 297 974 1998
Xihoumen Bridge 1650 5413 China, Zhoushan 2700 8858 Suspension bridge. 211 692 2008
Great Belt (East Bridge) 1624 5328 Denmark, Zealand 6790 22777 Suspension bridge. 254 833 1998
Osman Gazi Bridge 1550 5085 Turkey, Gulf of Izmit 2682 8799 Suspension bridge. 241 791 2016
Yi Sun-sin 1564 5131 South Korea, Kwangyang 2260 7415 Suspension bridge. 273 896 2013
Runyang (south bridge) 1490 4888 China, Zhenjiang 1490 4888 Suspension bridge. 215 705 2005
4th Nanjing Yangtze Bridge 1418 4652 China, Nanjing 5437 17838 Suspension bridge. 229 751 2012
Humber Bridge 1410 4626 UK, Lincolnshire 2220 7283 Suspension bridge. 155 509 1981
Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge 1408 4619 Turkey, Bosphorus, Istanbul 2164 7100 Suspension bridge. 322 1056 2016
Jiangyin Bridge 1385 4544 China, Jingjiang 3071 10075 Suspension bridge. 190 623 1997
Tsing Ma Bridge 1377 4518 China, Hong Kong 2160 7087 Suspension bridge. 206 676 1997
Hardanger Bridge 1310 4298 Norway, Hordaland 1400 4593 Suspension bridge. 200 660 2013
Verrazano-Narrows 1298 4260 USA, NYC 2039 6690 Suspension bridge. 198 650 1964
Golden Gate 1280 4200 USA, San Francisco 2737 8980 Suspension bridge. 227 745 1937
Yangluo Yangtze 1280 4200 China, Wuhan 2725 8940 Suspension bridge. 170 558 2007
Höga Kusten 1210 3970 Sweden, Härnösand 1867 6125 Suspension bridge. 180 581 1997
Aizhai Bridge 1176 3858 China, Jishou, Hunan 1534 5033 Suspension bridge. 336 1102 2012
Mackinac 1158 3799 USA, Mackinaw 8038 26371 Suspension bridge. 168 551 1957
Qingshui River Bridge 1130 3707 China, Guizhou 2188 7178 Suspension bridge. 230 755 2015
Huangpu Bridge 1108 3636 China, Guangzhou, Guangdong 7016 23018 Suspension and stayed bridge combined. 201 659 2008
Minami Bisan-Seto 1100 3609 Japan, Okayama and Kagawa prefectures 1648 5407 Suspension bridge. 165 541 1989
Fatih Sultan Mehmet 1090 3576 Turkey, Istanbul 1510 4954 Suspension bridge. 169 554 1988
Baling River Bridge 1088 3570 China, Guizhou Provence, Guanling county 2237 7339 Suspension bridge. 370 1214 2009
Taizhou North Bridge 1080 3543 China, Jiangsu Province 6821 22379 Suspension bridge. 192 630 2012
Ma’anshan Left Stream Bridge 1080 3543 China, Anhui Province Suspension bridge. 2013
Bosphorus 1074 3524 Turkey, Istanbul 1560 5118 Suspension bridge. 165 541 1973
George Washington Bridge 1067 3501 USA, NYC 1451 4760 Suspension bridge. 184 604 1931
Kurushima-Kaikyo (third) 1030 3379 Imabari, Japan Suspension bridge. 1999
Kurushima-Kaikyo (second) 1020 3346 Imabari, Japan Suspension bridge. 1999
Ponte 25 de Abril 1013 3323 Portugal, Lisbon 2278 7474 Suspension bridge. 190 623 1966
Forth Road Bridge 1006 3301 UK, Scotland, Fife 2512 8241 Suspension bridge. 156 512 1964
Kita Bisan-Seto Bridge 990 3248 Japan, Okayama and Kagawa prefectures 1538 5046 Suspension bridge. 1988
Severn Bridge 988 3241 UK, joins Wales & England 1600 5249 Suspension bridge. 136 446 1966

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