Bridges are more than just spectacular feats of engineering. They are the signs of architectural prowess. Irrespective of the overall structure of these crossings, many bridges around the world have had such detailed finesse that has launched them onto the world stage.
From old stone bridges to the moving ones, here are few such names that are often regarded as the most expensive in the world.
- Golden Gate Bridge
An emblem of modern architecture, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is often hailed for its detailed design. With an overall span of 4,200 feet, it is the longest and tallest suspension bridge until 1964. Painted with warm hues of “International Orange” to match the stunning surroundings the Golden Gate Bridge is a landmark in every aspect.
- Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, Hong Kong
The bridge is another masterpiece by modern architects that holds together major cities in South-east Asia. With a total span of 55 km, the mega project is the longest sea-crossing bridge. The bridge took over 400,000 tones of steel which is equivalent to around 60 Eiffel Towers, and the overall cost of $20 billion.
- Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, USA
Arthur Ravenel Jr.is another major construction project which is a beauty in all aspect. Standing over the Cooper River, the bridge is situated in South Carolina and has a length of over 471 m. What sets the bridge apart is that it was built a year and cost over $900 million.
- Bang Na Expressway, Thailand
Bang Na Expressway is another name to grace the list of most expensive bridges. With a total length of over 55 km, the six-lane highway is one of the longest bridges in the world. The overall cost of the bridge is equivalent to $1.5 billion and acts as a major connecting point between major cities.
- George Washington Bridge, Manhattan
The George Washington Bridge is one of the busiest crossings in the world. Ever since its inception, the bridge sees over 104 million vehicles and connects Manhattan and New Jersey. With over $935 million it is the expensive bridge in the world.
- Jintang Bridge, China
Jintang Bridge in China is the major connecting source between Jintang Island and the Chinese mainland. The overall project was completed in 2009 and is constructed in a hybrid model. With a total cost of 10.2 billion, it is one of the most expensive bridges in the world.
- Confederation Bridge, Canada
Confederation Bridge is a massive project that connects two landmasses. Ever since the bridge was completed it has boosted the economy of the island to a greater deal. The overall construction cost of the crossing is equivalent to CA$ 1.27 billion which makes it one of the costliest construction projects.
- Russky Bridge, Russia
Russky Bridge has the reputation of being the longest cable bridge in the world. What makes the project special is that it can carry over 50,000 vehicles in a day. With a central cable spanning over 1.87 km, the bridge cost a whopping $1.1 billion during construction.
- Incheon Bridge, South Korea
One of the longest sea crossings in the world, Incheon Bridge spans over 12.3 km. The bridge connects Incheon with the coastal highway towards the Incheon Airport. With a total cost of $1.3 billion, the crossing is one of the costliest in the world.
- Vasco Da Gama Bridge, Portugal
The bridge is one of the longest in the entire European continent. With a total length of 12.3 km, the crossing is built over the Tagus river and cost around £1.3 billion. Counted among one of the most expensive bridges, the bridge handles more than thousands of vehicles every day.
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