Most Incredible Bridges?

This is the one that sticks out in all my travels as the most marvelous, but I’ve seen Iron Bridge in england, the New River Gorge, the Lake Pontchaltrain Causeway, the Seven Mile Bridge, the Chesapeake bay bridge river whatever, and I cross the Trenton Makes Bridge daily. They’ve always been one of my favorite parts of roadtrips, and when I cross them, i chant “abridgeabridgeabridgeabridge”. Some bridges I can barely get one “abridge” out, but those seven mile suckers suck the breath out of me.

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Thanks all for the lovely photos! Two of my favorites are the Iron Bridge (Iron Bridge, Shropshire, UK ) which was built in 1779 across the River Severn and is the first cast iron bridge and the Pulaski Skyway (some lovely old photos in this blog post) - readers may remember it from the opening credits of The Sopranos. The Skyway, opened in 1932 and named in honor of a Polish general supporting the American Revolutionary War, is approximately 3.5 miles long and connects Jersey City to Newark, over river and marshes. A steel-truss cantilevered bridge, it replaced an old plank bridge/roadway.

The Iron Bridge

The Pulaski Skyway (photo courtesy of NYTimes)

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Check out the Juscelino Kubitschek bridge in Brasilia/Brasil


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Probably my favorite bridge ever is the Puente de Vizcaya/Puente Colgante/Bizkaiko Zubia that spans the Ibaizabal river/Nervión estuary in the Basque Country of Spain.

It’s actually the oldest transporter bridge in the world and one of the few that’s still functioning and transporting passengers to the other side of the river.

It opened in 1893, designed by Alberto Palacio, along with Ferdinand Amodin, both of whom studied under Gustave Eiffel, in order to connect the baths that were on both sides of the river so that the bourgeois who lived in the Getxo side of the river could also visit the baths on the working class side.

It was built with the transporter cables in the style it is so that ships and boats could pass through, as Bilbao was a capital of European shipbuilding and ironworking industry up until the 1970s or so.

It’s really an incredible monument, and it fascinates me every single time I go back to visit.

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I’m looking forward to walking over this suspension bridge at the Tallulah Gorge sometime this year! It’s pedestrian only and 80 feet above the bottom of the Gorge.

I live right next to the Chattahoochee River and the trails in the park are also some of my personal favorites:

(I’m under a bridge looking at a bridge!)

(I feel like this would be the perfect bridge for a troll to live under)

But the prettiest bridge I’ve seen has to be this one from the Japanese Gardens in the Golden Gate Park. You can even climb over it although it felt more like crawling for most of it the sides are so steep. Apparently the reflection in the water creates a perfect circle with the bridge? I didn’t see that but maybe I just couldn’t get in the right spot.

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I’m surprised nobody has mentioned the Forth Rail Bridge crossing the Firth of Forth just outside Edinburgh in Scotland. One of the most iconic bridges in the world so I’ll let the pictures do the talking…


Photo by Ross G Strachan


Photo by britainexplorer.com


Photo by George Gastin

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I didn’t see anything about the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam. It is an impressive structure across the New Meuse and designed by Ben van Berkel.


Photo from bridgeinfo.net

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The Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino, California, has some gorgeous bridges - most notably, the Moon Bridge in the Japanese Garden. The whole place is very ethereal and transcendental-you really get taken away to a different land. Love this place. Bring really, really comfy shoes and be sure to be in good walking shape, as there are over 120 acres of wonder to explore. moon%20bridge-japanese-garden

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Highway 16 Bridge that crosses the Brazos River below the Morris Sheppard Dam near Graford Texas. Intricate stonework bridge that is part of the John Graves Memorial Highway. Graves was the author of Goodbye to a River which lamented the dams being built on the Brazos. The dams drowned many of the beautiful and historic areas along its water course. The Morris Sheppard dam above the bridge was named after the Texas congressman who played a major role in passing of the Eighteenth Amendement which led to prohibition in the U.S. PK%202%20MK1_0126%20e%20mail%20

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In Washington State (US), we have three floating bridges; the Governor Albert D. Rossellini Bridge (also called the Evergreen Point bridge is the longest in the world. It and another one go across Lake Washington from Seattle to Bellevue and other former bedroom communities. The third spans the Hood Canal northwest of Seattle bridging the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsula.

On the other end of the successful bridge spectrum is the Tacoma Narrows Bridge just south of Seattle. It’s now a beautiful double span, but many of you know it as “Galloping Gertie” from the footage of it collapsing in 1940 (photo courtesy of the Seattle Times). I cross it twice a day from Gig Harbor to Tacoma, and the galloping part is never far from my thoughts. :slight_smile:

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The Natchez Trace bridge west of Franklin, TN was an engineering marvel when it was built. There was a documentary about it. Now it is a favorite place for suicides and they are trying to figure out how to mitigate the attractiveness for jumping. natchez

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Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge
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The Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge

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Driving or walking along the top of the bridge are not very impressive. Looking up from below at the massive structure is my favorite view.

The construction site had lots of great photos. It appears to still be available here:
https://web.archive.org/web/20101110114756/http://www.hooverdambypass.org/Const_PhotoAlbum.htm#Dec2009_Bridge

The photo in this post is from the May 2010 collection on this site. Credits are from this site.

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Zakim Bridge Boston.

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Dauphin Island, Alabama.

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https://newhopeinternationalministries.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/bridge.jpg

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Lake Quinsigamond MA

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I gotta admit, it set me on edge passing over it. I figured I should at least see some land somewhere.

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I have a video I took driving across that bridge in WA. Probably wasn’t too bright, although it had to be done. Quite a sight.

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Northwest of Rome, but still in Lazio is the stunning medieval bridge at Vulci with Etruscan stonework at the base of the supports. A small castle overlooks the bridge and houses an Etruscan museum, since Vulci was originally the site of the ancient Etruscan city of Velzna.Vulci

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wow, that is magnificent

I’ve always loved this bridge, too, but have never visited it. This bridge that when they paint it, from end to end, it takes so long that on the day they finish it’s time to start again. :slight_smile: