6 Longest Road Bridges in the World (with Map & Photos)

Giant bridges in China, USA, Europe and Russia can withstand magnitude 8 earthquakes, wind 250 m / s, collisions with ships weighing 300 thousand tons and are designed so that drivers do not fall asleep while driving.

China is recognized as a world leader not only in car production and demand for them. The country is also leading in the construction of the longest road bridges. In October 2018, traffic opened on the longest sea ​​ferry in the world, connecting Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai. The length of the bridge was 55 km. However, there are equally grandiose highways in the world.

Qingdao Bridge, China


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Qingdao Bridge, China, Longest Bridges in the World

Before the opening of traffic on the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai highway, the Qingdao Bridge, 42.5 km long, remained the longest operating sea bridge. A road bridge over the water connects the cities of Qingdao and Huangdao. The design can withstand magnitude 8 earthquakes and collisions with ships with a displacement of 300 thousand tons. However, drivers save only 30 minutes on the way across the bridge, so the advisability of building an engineering miracle raises many questions from experts.

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, China


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Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, China, Longest Bridges in the World

The construction of the century in the Celestial Empire was completed in October 2018, and a new record holder, 55 km long, connected the cities of Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau. The bridge consists of several surface sections, a 7 km long underwater tunnel and artificial islands. There are three lanes in each direction for traffic on it. The construction of the bridge cost China $ 11 billion.

Hangzhou Bay Bridge, China


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Hangzhou Bay Bridge, China, Longest Bridges in the World

The largest transoceanic bridge in the world connects the cities of Shanghai and Ningbo, its length is 35.7 km. The bridge has shortened the distance between Ningbo and Shanghai, the country's largest port, by 320 km. In the center of the ferry there is a platform island with a service station and a rest area for drivers. For safe traffic, the bridge is designed in the shape of the letter S: this way drivers do not fall asleep while driving. The crossing acts as an attraction, it offers a view of the confluence of the Qiantang River into the East China Sea, recognized as a miracle of nature.

Bridge over Lake Pontchartrain, USA


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Bridge over Lake Pontchartrain, USA, Longest Bridges in the World

The Pontchartrain Lake Dam is the longest bridge in North America. Moreover, it is considered one of the oldest bridges in the world. And before the construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, it was recognized as the longest structure over water in the world. The bridge connects the cities of Mandeville and Metairie, Louisiana, USA and consists of two parallel bridges. The structure is supported by 9 thousand concrete piles, 13 km south of the northern coast, there are lifting spans near the bridges. The annual traffic is 12 million vehicles. A toll across the bridge is $ 2.

Crimean bridge, Russia


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Crimean bridge, Russia, Longest Bridges in the World

The longest bridge in Europe and Russia. The Crimean Bridge is a crossing over the Kerch Strait, it consists of a road bridge and a railway bridge under construction. The paths begin on the Taman Peninsula and through the Tuzla Spit, Tuzla Island and Cape Ak-Burun lead to Kerch. The length of the bridge is 19 km, of which the highway accounts for almost 17 km. The road bridge consists of a four-lane high-speed road of category IB with an estimated speed of 120 km / h. Its carrying capacity is 40 thousand vehicles per day.

Vasco da Gama bridge, Portugal


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Vasco da Gama bridge, Portugal, Longest Bridges in the World

The Vasco da Gama Bridge is located in Lisbon, its length across the Tagus River is 17.2 km, and the surface is 10 km. Before the opening of the Crimean Bridge, it was considered the longest in Europe. The bridge is crossed by a six-lane road with a speed limit of 120 km / h. The structure is designed for 120 years, withstands winds of 250 km / h and earthquakes of magnitude 8.7. The toll across the bridge is 2.7 euros.