From Europe to North America and all the way down under to Australia, we’ve put together a list of 10 of the world’s most extraordinary and, not to mention, massive bridges – all set apart by their own unique features.
10. London Bridge
Location: Lake Havasu, Arizona
Built over the River Thames in the 1820s, this is the very bridge that inspired the song “London Bridge is Falling Down” and just like in the song, it did indeed “fall down” when it was deconstructed and transported, piece by piece, to Lake Havasu City in Arizona. The reason behind this? In the 1960s, London bridge was found to be too small to accommodate the growing traffic of London’s metropolitan city so it was then put up for auction and, in 1968, was sold to Rober McCulloch, founder of Lake Havasu City, for a price of $2.5 million.
9. Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
This Boston-based bridge is one that’s not hard to spot not only for it’s gargantuan size – it spans over 1400 feet across Boston’s Charles River and comprises of a whopping 10 lanes for traffic – but also for it’s unique design.
8. Sydney Harbour Bridge
Location: Sydney, Australia
Looking at the above picture, it’s easy to see why Australians have given the Sydney Harbour Bridge the nickname “coat hanger”. Its construction took all off five years as well as 53,000 tons of steel and was completed during the Great Depression. Every year, the bridge gets a fresh coat of paint to ensure that its appearance is maintained – 72,000 gallons of gray paint goes into this, by the way.
7. Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia
So massive and so extensive, the Bay Bridge-Tunnel is one of the few structures on Earth that can be seen from outer space. For something so colossal, plenty of time and money would of course be needed and true enough, the bridge-tunnel took roughly 30 years to complete before it was opened in 1964 and at a cost of about $450 million. The part of the entire structure which is the bridge was built as a shortcut for residents traveling to and from Virginia, Delaware and Maryland and also served as a protection for the U.S. Navy. The tunnel part, on the other hand, was built as an alternative route for the Navy.
6. Brooklyn Bridge
Location: New York, New York
The Brooklyn Bridge has been providing a link between New York and Brooklyn ever since it was first opened in 1883 and looking at it, it’s no surprise that it’s considered to be one of the many pride and joys of modern engineering – it happens to be the longest suspension bridge in the world and its towers were once the tallest structures in the concrete jungle that is New York.