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You won't believe where Lagos' 3rd Mainland Bridge is ranked among the world's top ten longest bridges.
China possesses seven of the world's top ten longest bridges, including four of the top five, all of which were completed in the last six years as the country's economic transformation continues. To spice things up a little, I've compiled a list of the top 10 countries with the longest bridges, as well as all of the bridges in each of those countries. The list includes 32 bridges, the last of which is from Vietnam. There is just one bridge from Europe, 23 from Asia, 2 from the Middle East, and 6 from the United States on the list.
Below are the bridges;
The Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)-Trung Luong Expressway (also known as the Saigon-Trung Luong Skyway) goes from Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho on the Mekong Delta's northern tip. It is part of the North-South Expressway in Vietnam.
The Vasco da Gama Bridge, located just north of Lisbon, Portugal, spans the Tagus River and is an essential part of the city's larger transportation network. It was built in 1998 and is Europe's longest bridge.
The deepest foundation piles, which are part of the engineering required to protect the bridge against earthquakes, reach a depth of 95 meters (312 feet) below sea level. (The magnitude of the most recent earthquake in Lisbon was assessed to be 8.7 on the Richter scale.)
8. South Korea
The Incheon Bridge connects Incheon International Airport to Songdo, which is located 65 kilometers (40 miles) southwest of Seoul, South Korea's capital. Songdo is essentially a brand new city built on reclaimed land along the Incheon shoreline.
The bridge was designed to rigorous standards due to its location in a seismically active area. It is the world's sixth-longest cable-stayed bridge, having been completed in late 2009.
The C215 Viaduct is a portion of Taiwan's high-speed rail line, which extends from Taipei to Kaohsiung on the country's west coast. It's a box girder bridge that was built in 2003.
The 6th October Bridge is an elevated road and bridge that spans the Nile and connects Cairo's downtown area to Cairo's International Airport. Although elements of the project were in use during that time, it took 27 years to finish the entire project. It transports 500,000 passengers every day. The bridge was named after the beginning of the 1973 Yom Kippur War with Israel.
The Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge, popularly known as the Penang Second Bridge, connects Batu Maung on Penang Island with Bandar Cassia on the Penang mainland.
4. Saudi Arabia & Bahrain
The King Fahd Causeway is a toll road that connects Saudi Arabia with Bahrain. It was constructed in the 1980s as a tangible representation of the desire to strengthen relations between the two countries.
The four-lane motorway, also known as the Bahrain Bridge, spans the Gulf of Bahrain.
3. The United States Atchafalaya Basin Bridge: 29.3 km (18.2 miles)
The United States boasts the world's sixth and seventh-longest bridges, both of which are road bridges. They're both in Louisiana, which is in the south.
The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway was built in 1969 and held the record for the world's longest bridge until 2000 when the Bang Na Expressway surpassed it. The Causeway still preserves the title of being the world's longest "continuous" bridge across the water.
The I55 crosses the Manchac Swamp Bridge... From LaPlace, west of New Orleans, to Ponchatoula, the Manchac Swamp runs between Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.
Outside of the top ten, the United States has a number of bridges.
2. Thailand Bang Na Expressway: 55 km (34.2 miles)
The Bang Na Expressway is the world's fourth-largest bridge and the world's largest road bridge. Although it crosses the Bang Pakong River, the majority of the expressway is on land, which in certain circles detracts from its status as a bridge. A bridge, we believe, is a bridge.
It goes east-west and ends at the Phan Thong District, transporting traffic out of Bangkok to the east. It is tolled, therefore bring at least 70 baht with you.
China possesses the world's top three longest bridges, the first two of which are connected by a railway line between Beijing and Shanghai. The Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge is located south of the Yangtze River, closer to Shanghai, while the Tianjin Grand Bridge is located just south of Beijing at the other end of the 1,318 km (819 miles) railway.
When it first opened in 2008, the Weinan Weihe bridge was the world's longest. It, like the other two, is part of an inter-city high-speed train route that connects Xi'an and Zhengzhou.
Aside from these three bridges, China has four more bridges in the top ten and ten more on our list.
Unfortunately, the 3rd Mainland Bridge isn't in the top 20, but it will most likely be in the top 30 based on kilometer coverage.
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