World's Longest Bridges

SERGEI KARPUKHIN

No river is too wide for the incredible feats of engineering that are the world’s longest bridges.

Longest Cable-Stayed Bridge Span: Russky Bridge, Vladivostok, Russia

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Length: 3,622 ft.

Built to serve APEC’s 2012 conference on Russky Island (pop: 5,000), this controversial $1 billion beauty may look like a suspension bridge, but it’s an entirely different technological wonder, relying not on cables anchored into the earth and held up by towers, but using the towers themselves to support its weight. (At 1,053 feet they’re second only in height to the pylons of the Millau Viaduct.) The benefits of a cable-stayed bridge (especially its ease of installation) have made it the de rigueur design of the last decade, with starchitects pushing bridge design limits. For instance, China’s Jiashao Bridge may not trump Russky’s record-making central span (a third of its 10,200-foot total), but its total length is an incredible 37.28 miles. rusbridge.net

World's Longest Bridges

Longest Cable-Stayed Bridge Span: Russky Bridge, Vladivostok, Russia

Length: 3,622 ft.

Built to serve APEC’s 2012 conference on Russky Island (pop: 5,000), this controversial $1 billion beauty may look like a suspension bridge, but it’s an entirely different technological wonder, relying not on cables anchored into the earth and held up by towers, but using the towers themselves to support its weight. (At 1,053 feet they’re second only in height to the pylons of the Millau Viaduct.) The benefits of a cable-stayed bridge (especially its ease of installation) have made it the de rigueur design of the last decade, with starchitects pushing bridge design limits. For instance, China’s Jiashao Bridge may not trump Russky’s record-making central span (a third of its 10,200-foot total), but its total length is an incredible 37.28 miles. rusbridge.net

SERGEI KARPUKHIN
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