Amazing bridges

Just how amazing are these bridges?

 

The Royal Gorge Bridge – Colorado

Royal Gorge Bridge

Royal Gorge Bridge.

The Royal Gorge Bridge near Canon City, Colorado, is 1053 feet above the Arkansas River. It was built in 1929 with the intention of being a tourist attraction, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The wooden walkway of the bridge is made of 1292 planks, and a railroad runs below at the bottom of the Royal Gorge. It is the highest bridge in the world.

The Millau Viaduct – France

Millau Viaduct.  Photo by Eugene Regis.

Millau Viaduct.

The Millau Viaduct in southern France boasts the highest road deck in the world, at 890 feet over the Tarn River. Built in 2004, its highest mast is taller than the Eiffel Tower.

The Perrine Bridge – Twin Falls, Idaho

Perrine Bridge.  Photo by Stupid Dingo.

Perrine Bridge.

The only bridge in the United States where BASE Jumping is allowed year-round without a permit. When the original bridge was opened in 1927, it was the highest bridge in the world. The bridge was replaced in 1974 and now stands 486 feet above the Snake River.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge – North Vancouver, British Columbia

Capilano Suspension Bridge.  Photo by hardeep and gurminder.

Capilano Suspension Bridge.

230 feet above the Capilano River and originally built in 1888, the bridge has been upgraded and replaced several time and now attracts over 800,000 people a year.

The Crooked River High Bridge – Oregon

Crooked River High Bridge.  Photo by Fuzzy Gerdes.

Crooked River High Bridge.

This bridge was completed in 1926 in Oregon. When the old bridge was unable to keep up with traffic demands, a new bridge was built nearby, but the old bridge remains open to pedestrians, 295 feet above the Crooked River Gorge.

The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge – New Mexico

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.  Photo by maryatexitzero.

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is a cantilever truss bridge over the Rio Grande, in New Mexico, 650 feet below. It was completed in 1965 and was once named Most Beautiful Steel Bridge in the Long Span category by the American Institute of Steel Construction.

The Glen Canyon Bridge – Arizona

Glen Canyon Bridge.  Photo by tjk.

Glen Canyon Bridge.

The Glen Canyon Bridge is just downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam which creates Lake Powell at Page, Arizona. Complete in 1964, it carries US. Route 89 700 feet above the canyon.

The Navajo Bridges – Arizona

Navajo Bridges.  Photo by CanyonCountry

Navajo Bridges.

The Navajo Bridges are near-twins over the Colorado River’s Marble Canyon in Arizona, 464 feet high. The original bridge was completed in 1929 and is open to pedestrian and equestrian traffic, while its newer counterpart was opened in 1995 and carries US. Route 89A.

The Foresthill Bridge – California

Foresthill Bridge. Photo by psd.

Foresthill Bridge.

The Foresthill Bridge stands 730 feet over the American River in California. It is the tallest bridge in California. Also called the Foresthill-Auburn Bridge or Auburn Bridge, it was opened in 1973. Pedestrians can walk from end to end.

The New River Gorge Bridge – West Virginia

New River Gorge Bridge.  Photo by meadowsa.

New River Gorge Bridge.

The New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia stands 876 feet over the New River. Completed in 1977, it was for many years the longest steel-arch bridge in the world. Until 2004, it was the longest vehicular bridge in the world. It is featured on the West Virginia state quarter that was issued in 2005.

The Golden Gate Bridge – California

Golden Gate Bridge.       Photo by Bernt Rostad.

Golden Gate Bridge.

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA, 200 feet above the water, is one of the most-photographed places in the United States. Open to both traffic and pedestrians, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world when it opened in 1937.

The Brooklyn Bridge – New York

Brooklyn Bridge.         Photo by Global Jet.

Brooklyn Bridge.

The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. It was opened in 1883 and became a National Historic Landmark in 1964. It’s 135 feet above the East River at its highest point, and just over a mile long. It is open to both vehicle traffic and pedestrians.

The Seven Mile Bridge – Florida

Seven Mile Bridge.       Photo by phault.

Seven Mile Bridge.

The Seven Mile Bridge to the Florida Keys isn’t as high, rising only 65 feet above the water, but what it lacks in height it makes up for in length, at nearly seven miles long. The original lanes were built in the early 1900’s, and the now-used parallel section was opened in 1982.

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4 responses to “Amazing bridges

  1. Curiosity

    They all look scary to me!! Incredible engineering on all of them. I bet each has a story to be told about its construction and those that built them.Teetering toward the one by the dam as being which I would like to be on.

  2. Sheila

    fANtastic Pen great engineering I wonder how many lives were lost during the building process. M y fav the new river gorge bridge. great stuff some are I must admit a bit scarey though. xx

  3. Happy

    Yummy. Bridges just starts to nestle a poem thoughtlet in my brain. These are great. I shall return to visit more tomorrow. I hope you are weller. Big smiles.

  4. Happy

    Finally time to come back and properly visit. Checked none of my cousins on the Capilano Bridge (LOL) which can sway deliciously. What struck me on looking is how they apprear to be these giant sculpture moments, functional artworks. I think that’s what caught me about this post was looking again at something I just thought of as a bridge but there is so much design work and aesthetic stuff. Plus the tension of suspension. Thanks for taking time to look up, read and post about bridges. Just enjoyed meditation on the bridge.

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