Some of the world’s most remarkable infrastructure projects are bridges. Besides being vital transportation links, these bridges are architectural marvels.
1. Rolling Bridge (United Kingdom)
The Rolling Bridge is a type of curling movable bridge completed in 2004 as part of the Grand Union Canal office and retail development project at Paddington Basin, London.
The Rolling Bridge was conceived by British designer Thomas Heatherwick, designed by SKM Anthony Hunt with Packman Lucas, and built by Littlehampton Welding.
It is twelve meters long and opens every Friday at noon. The Rolling Bridge lets boats pass by curling up until its two ends touch.
- The Neal Bridge
The Neal Bridge located in Pittsfield, Maine, completed in Novemeber 2008, is designed and built using structural composite materials and techniques.
- Henderson Waves
The Henderson Waves is Singapore’s tallest pedestrian bridge connecting Mount Faber Park with Telok Blangah Hill Park. It stands tall at a height of 118-feet.
- Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, Brazil
Completed in 2002, this asymmetrical bridge is built across the Lake Paranoa in Brasilia.
- Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge, Brazil
The Octavio Frias de Oliveira bridge is a cable-stayed bridge in Sao Paulo, Brazil over the Pinheiros River.
Opened in May 2008, the bridge is 453 ft tall. The bridge deck is unusual as it forms a ‘X’, crossing at the tower.
It is the only bridge in the world that has two curved tracks supported by a single concrete mast.
- Millau Viaduct, France
Opened in 2004, Norman Foster designed this huge cable-stayed bridge to carry travellers across the valley of the Tarn River in Millau, Southern France.
- Pont Gustave-Flaubert Bridge, France
This bridge crosses the Seine, a commercial waterway in France. With pylons at a height of 282 feet, the Pont Gustave-Flaubert is Europe’s tallest lift bridge.
- Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia
This curved pedestrian bridge is 2000-feet above sea level at the top of Mount Mat Cincang in Malaysia. A cable car takes tourists to the 400-feet long structure.
- Hangzhou Bay Bridge, China
The Hangzhou Bay Bridge, the longest sea-crossing bridge in the world opened in May 2008.
It is 36 kilometres long and reduces the distance between Shanghai and Ningbo by 120 km.
- Oresund Bridge, Denmark and Sweden
The Oresund Bridge crosses the Oresund strait and joins Sweden with Denmark.
The bridge connects Sweden and Denmark, and it is the longest road and rail bridge in Europe stretching across a distance of length of 4.8 miles.