Bridges share a special bond with humans. Its use may differ for different segments, for some people it would be to cycling, may be a picnic spot or a bike ride. Connecting people by reducing the distances between two cities or even countries.
1) Golden Gate Bridge: San Francisco, United States
The speculators had started realizing the value of San Francisco bay due to its accessibility.
The bridge that would span the Golden Gate, a narrow, 400-foot deep strait, connecting the San Francisco Peninsula with the southern end of Marin County. Furthermore, the proposal was drafted in 1916 following which the construction was commenced.
It’s inception began on January 5, 1933. The Golden Gate Bridge was released for vehicular traffic on May 28, 1937 which was also the longest bridge span in the world at that time. In the same fashion, it has a length of 2737m.
2) Sydney Harbour Bridge: Sydney, Australia
It is one of the most unique landmark and the world’s largest steel arch bridge. Again the top of the bridge standing 134 metres above the harbor. Additionally, The Sydney Harbour Bridge construction had started in 1924 and took 1,400 men eight years to build at a cost of 4.2 million. Six million hand driven rivets and also 53,000 tonnes of steel were used in its construction.
It encompasses overall eight traffic lanes and two rail lines, one in each direction. Moreover, the bridge joins the city of Sydney to the North Shore.
3) Tower Bridge: London, England
This is an equally important landmark bridge took eight years, five major contractors and the relentless labor of 432 construction workers. On an average 40,000 people, including motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, cross this unique bridge every day.
The bridge connects the Iron Gate, on the north bank of the river, with Horselydown Lane, on the south – now known as Tower Bridge Approach and Tower Bridge Road, respectively. Similarly, the bridge spans over the Thames River and is close to the tower of London.
4) Tsing Ma Bridge: Hong Kong
The bridge has been named after two islands Tsing Yi and Ma Wan also it has an overall span of 1,377 metres (4,518 ft) and a height of 206 metres (676 ft). The span is the largest of all bridges in the world carrying rail traffic. As a matter of fact, the bridge serves as a scenic spot. Together with it’s 2.16 km length, the long bridge then was opened for public in the year 1997.
5) Akashi Kaikyo (or Pearl) Bridge, Japan
This bridge situated in the west- central of Japan is one of the longest suspension bridges. The bridge encompasses a six-lane road which connects the city of Kōbe, to Iwaya. The Akashi Strait Bridge is 12,831 feet long. The two main supporting towers stand 975 feet above the strait’s surface.
Moreover, it took two million workers and ten years to construct the bridge. The initiation of bridge construction began with the political pressure in the year 1988.
Next time when you are on a trip to one don’t forget to take an overall tour through these spectacular and unique sites. The scenic beauty of ancient spans, iconic structures and bridges with unique and interesting features.
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