The far-stretching bridges of the USA conform to the architectural brilliance of the country. Besides ensuring the much-needed connectivity between two places these bridges remind you that the USA is more than its high rise buildings, stadiums, and museums. The following includes a list of such long bridges including one suspension bridge, in no particular order.
1. Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, Louisiana
Being the longest one in the country and the longest continuous over the water highway bridge of the world, (23.875 mi) this one consists of two parallel bridges connecting Mandeville with Metairie. This toll bridge across the famous Lake Pontchartrain witnesses more than 40,000 cars driving the 2 hours long route each day. In local tongues, this bridge is often known as the Causeway.
2. Manchac Swamp Bridge, Louisiana
This 22.80 mi long bridge is a twin trestle, bearing the cross-country highway Interstate 55. Built over an apparently haunted swamp of the same name, this toll-free bridge opened in 1979 in the city of Ponchatoula.
3. Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, New York
A connection between Brooklyn and Staten Island, this 2.595 mi long suspension bridge is named after Giovanni da Verrazzano, an Italian traveler to be documented as the first European voyager of the Hudson River and the New York Harbor. Designed by Othmar Ammann, it carries twelve lanes out of which six are upper and six are lower.
4. Chesapeake Bay Bridge–Tunnel, Virginia
Officially known as the Lucius J. Kellam Jr. Bridge-Tunnel, this 23 mi long bridge is a famous traveling destination, crossing the Chesapeake Bay. The northbound of the bridge opened in 1964 while the southbound in 1999. While the southern part of the bridge is close to Norfolk Botanical Garden, Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, and First Landing State Park, the northern part gives easy access to Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge and Kiptopeke State Park. Presently the bridge is under the supervision of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission.
5. Atchafalaya Basin Bridge, Louisiana
Carrying Interstate 10, this is a couple of bridges stretching for more than 18 mi. It links Lafayette and Baton Rouge with its length. Opened in 1973, this happens to be the third longest bridge in the USA. As the name suggests, this is constructed over the largest wetland of the country, the Atchafalaya Basin.
6. Bonnet Carre Spillway Bridge, Louisiana
This trestle bridge is more than 10 mi long with a width of 45 ft. Being one of the most conspicuous bridges of the country, this one carries 4 lanes of the interstate highway I-10. It opened for the very first time in 1972 and is maintained by Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.
7. San Mateo–Hayward Bridge, California
Technically this bridge of Foster City is a girder bridge connecting the East Bay and the San Francisco Peninsula. The longest bridge of the state is also known as the San Mateo Bridge. This is a toll bridge for which you need to pay at the toll plaza.
The longest bridges in the country are not merely a sight to die for, rather they offer us connectivity which is the basic need for human civilization. So, gear up to visit them whether alone or with friends and family.