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Top 10 Longest Bridges in the World

By | Last Updated : 4th September 2019

The longest bridges of the world mostly belong to China, although other countries like Thailand, US, all have made it to the list of top 10 bridges. The list is however curated irrespective of the style, meaning, some of them are above the water, while rest is above the road.

Longest Bridges in the World

1. Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge, China

Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge Longest in the World

Stretching over 102.4 miles, the bridge is the longest one in the world. This is a viaduct kind of bridge that means either it crosses water lands and valleys or it acts as an overpass. In this case, this bridge goes over the Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway. Opened in 2011 for public, this is the same year, the bridge got its title of the longest one in the entire world according to the Guinness Book of World Record. It is in the Jiangsu province, situated on the rail line that connects Nanjing and Shanghai.

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2. Changhua–Kaohsiung Viaduct, Taiwan

Changhua–Kaohsiung Viaduct Longest Bridge in the World

With a length of 97.8 miles, the second-longest bridge of the world is also a viaduct for the railway that runs between Zuoying and Baguashan. It was proposed and manufactured (2007) to be earthquake resistant. The bridge serves as a part of Taiwan High-Speed Rail.

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3. Tianjin Grand Bridge, China

Tianjin Grand Bridge Longest in the World

Opened in 2011, the third longest bridge is another example of a viaduct bridge. The total length is around 70.6 miles, containing tubular girders sizing around 32 meters long. This railway viaduct bridge is connected to Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed, joining Qingxian and Langfang.

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4. Cangde Grand Bridge, China

Cangde Grand Bridge Longest in the World

Consisting of 3092 piers, this bridge of china holds the title of the fourth longest bridge of the world. The total length of Cangde Grand Bridge is 65.75 miles. As a part of China’s famous Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway, this bridge is made to endure natural calamities like earthquake.

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5. Weinan Weihe Grand Bridge, China

Weinan Weihe Grand Bridge

With a length of 49.543 miles, the bridge was opened in 2010 in the month of February for public using, although it got completed two years ago. It covers many railways, highways, and rivers, like Wei River. It is connected to Zhengzhou–Xi’an High-Speed Railway (Zhengxi Passenger Transport Special Line) that joins Xi’an and Zhengzhou together.  Although, after its construction was completed it was known to be the longest bridge, later on, it came down to the fifth position.

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6. Bang Na Expressway, Thailand

Bang Na Expressway Longest Bridge in the World

Completed in 2000, this bridge has a length of 34 miles. This is a highway consisting of 6 lanes crossing above National Highway route 34. The toll bridge is the longest car bridge, although it held the record of being the longest bridge for 4 years, now it has become sixth in the world. The design and pattern of the bridge was a brainchild of the American civil engineer, Mr. Louis Berger. This is also a box girder bridge with a width of 27 meters.

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7. Sheikh Jaber Al-ahmad Al-sabah Causeway, Kuwait

Sheikh Jaber al-ahmad al-sabah Causeway Longest Bridge in the World

The 30.1 mile long bridge goes across the Bay of Kuwait. Named after the late ruler Sheikh Jaber Al-sabah, this beam bridge has been open since May of 2019. The motif of installing the bridge is to reduce the timing of traveling from Silk City to Kuwait city. Earlier it was an approximate 1.5-hour journey, but now it takes less than half an hour. The bridge is manufactured by Hyundai Engineering & Construction, spending around US$ 3.6 billion.

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8. Beijing Grand Bridge, China

Beijing Grand Longest Bridge in the World

This bridge is also the part of the country’s Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway. This viaduct bridge is as long as 29.92 miles. Although the construction ended in 2010, it was not open for public until 2011. The longest span of the bridge is 44 meters.

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9. Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, United States of America

Pontchartrain Causeway Longest Bridge in the World

Running for 23.875 miles long and crossing Lake Pontchartrain, this is actually two bridges situated parallel with fixed links. The northbound part of the bridge was opened in 1969 while the southbound part is open since 1956. For a long time, it was certified to be the longest bridge over the water by the Guinness Book of World Records.

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10. Line 1, Wuhan Metro Bridge, China

Line 1, Wuhan Metro Bridge Longest in the World

Being the largest continuous metro viaduct, this is a metro line which also happens to be the first of its kind in the country. The elevated metro line service was operational from 2004 with two 2 tracks. The length of the entire line is 23.61 miles. The stations that it includes are Taipingyang, Lijibeilu, Xunlimen, Qiaokoulu, Wuhuandadao, Zhuyehai and so on.

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This is the list of 10 famous bridges on the basis of their length. Although, if researched further, regarding the type and style of bridge, the result might vary, but this list is compact as it is only based on the length, regardless of their type.

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