World's Longest Bridges

Brigitte & Heinz, Roving Spirits

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

Longest Masonry Arch Bridge Span: Pont de la Libération, Villeneuve-sur-Lot, France

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Length: 315 ft.

Though arch bridges are still popular today, they’re usually built with modern materials like steel (see: Chongqing, China’s Chaotianmen Bridge, at 5,712 feet the longest arch bridge span, period). Which is a shame, considering some masonry arch bridges (brick and/or stone) are so mathematically precise, not to mention beautiful, they could stand without mortar. More than 100 years old and spanning the Lot river in southwestern France, the Pont de la Libération is made of brick and unreinforced concrete—technically very small stones and mortar. If it’s anything like its distant cousin the Pont du Gard aqueduct, it will stand for hundreds more. Take note, China bridge barons.

World's Longest Bridges

Longest Masonry Arch Bridge Span: Pont de la Libération, Villeneuve-sur-Lot, France

Length: 315 ft.

Though arch bridges are still popular today, they’re usually built with modern materials like steel (see: Chongqing, China’s Chaotianmen Bridge, at 5,712 feet the longest arch bridge span, period). Which is a shame, considering some masonry arch bridges (brick and/or stone) are so mathematically precise, not to mention beautiful, they could stand without mortar. More than 100 years old and spanning the Lot river in southwestern France, the Pont de la Libération is made of brick and unreinforced concrete—technically very small stones and mortar. If it’s anything like its distant cousin the Pont du Gard aqueduct, it will stand for hundreds more. Take note, China bridge barons.

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