Bridges have been some of the most important structures in civilizations all over the world and therefore hold a special place in architectural history.
They connect places that were difficult to reach before and open up a new world of possibilities for people living in those areas.
In this post, we have created the ultimate list of the 55 most famous bridges in the world, and we take a closer look at what makes them so unique and amazing.
1. Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most iconic bridges in New York City and the entire world. it was completed in 1883 and connects the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan. It spans the East River.
At the time it was completed it was the longest suspension bridge in the world with a total length of 1,595.5 feet (486.3 meters). Since its opening, it has not only become a major tourist attraction but also an icon of the city.
2. Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge spans the Golden Gate, a large bay near the city of San Francisco in California. The Bay is about 1 mile wide (1.6 kilometers) and the bridge is about 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers) long.
It has been described as one of the most beautiful bridges in the world and remains one of the most recognizable bridges in California. At the time it was completed in 1937 it was both the longest and tallest (746 feet 227 meters) suspension bridge in the world.
3. Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic bridges in London spanning the Rover Thames. it was officially opened in the year 1894 and is easily recognized by its two Gothic towers which were constructed to resemble the nearby Tower of London.
The two towers are connected with 2 walkways at the top. The bridge can be opened and closed with a bascule of which the engines are located at the base of the two towers.
4. Rialto Bridge
The Rialto Bridge is the most famous in Venice, Italy, and is the oldest of the 4 bridges spanning the Grand Canal, the main water-traffic corridor of the city.
The original bridge on its location was a pontoon bridge that dates back to the year 1173. The stone and arch bridge we see today was built between 1588 and 1591 and has the same design as the wooden bridge that predates it.
5. Manhattan Bridge
The Manhattan Bridge is, similar to the Brooklyn Bridge, a suspension bridge that connects the New York boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan. It connects Manhattan at Canal Street with Downtown Brooklyn.
The bridge was constructed by Leon Moisseiff, a leading suspension bridge engineer in the United States in the 1920s and 1930s and it was one of his first major projects. The bridge opened for traffic on December 31, 1909, and has a total length of 6,855 feet (2,089 meters).
6. Ponte Vecchio
The Ponte Vecchio is a medieval bridge that spans the Arno River in the city of Florence, Italy. It’s world-famous because it’s one of the few bridges in the world that still has buildings on it, a feature that disappeared over the centuries mostly for security reasons.
The shops on it used to have all sorts of merchants as tenants but are now reserved for souvenir sellers, art dealers, and jewelers. The bridge spans the river at its narrowest point and dates back to the year 1218.
7. London Bridge
London Bridge is the oldest of all the bridges spanning the River Thames in the center of London. It is often confused with the more famous and decorated Tower Bridge. The Romans were the first to build a bridge on this location.
It has been reconstructed multiple times and the current bridge is a box and girder bridge that opened for traffic in the year 1973. It connects the City of London with Southwark.
8. Sydney Harbor Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through-arch bridge that spans the Sydney Harbour. It connects the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore, a group of suburbs in the north of Sydney, Australia.
The bridge is one of the most famous attractions in Sydney and the view of the harbor, the Bridge, and the Sydney Opera House is considered to be an iconic view of the city. It was based on the Hell Gate Bridge in New York City and was opened in the year 1932.
9. Westminster Bridge
Westminster Bridge is another iconic road-and-foot-traffic bridge in the center of London. It spans the River Thames and connects Westminster on the west with Lambeth on the east.
It’s located near famous buildings such as the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, and the London Eye. It’s painted green to represent the seats in the House of Commons, which is nearest to the bridge.
10. Hangzhou Bay Bridge
The Hangzhou Bay Bridge is an enormous highway bridge built across Hangzhou Bay in the eastern coastal area of China. It has a total length of 35.7 kilometers (22.2 miles).
This long bridge has two big cable-stayed sections where it crosses parts of the bay. It connects the cities of Jiaxing and Ningbo in Zhejiang province. The bridge was constructed between June 8, 2003, and June 14, 2007. It was opened to the public on May 1, 2008.
11. Millennium Bridge
The Millennium Bridge is a footbridge in the center of London crossing the River Thames and connecting Bankside with the City of London. It’s a steel suspension that was constructed between 1998 and 2000.
After its official opening on June 10, 2000, it received the nickname the “Wobbly Bridge” as there was an unexpected structural issue. This caused the bridge to close just 2 days after its opening, only to open again on February 22, 2002, after dampers were added to solve the problem.
12. Mackinac Bridge
The Mackinac Bridge spans the Straits of Mackinac and connects the Upper and Lower peninsulas of the US state of Michigan. The suspension bridge was completed in the year 1957 even though the vision for the bridge dates back to the 1880s.
The bridge has a total length of 26,372 feet (8,038 meters) and it’s the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere. The bridge is nicknamed the “Big Mac” or the “Mighty Mac.”
13. Viaduc de Millau
The Millau Viaduct is a cable-stayed bridge and crosses the Gorge valley of the Tarn near the town of Millau in the south of France. It was designed by French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux and English architect Norman Foster.
The amazing bridge in France was completed in the year 2004 and it remains until today (June 2020) the tallest bridge in the world with a maximum height of 336.4 meters (1,104 feet). It’s considered to be one of the greatest engineering achievements of all time. The P2 pier is 23 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower and is the tallest structure in France.
14. Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge is a historic bridge that spans the river Vltava in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Its construction was commissioned by King Charles IV and started in 1357, only to be completed in 1402.
The bridge has a total length of 516 meters (1,693 feet) and is almost 10 meters wide. It was constructed as a bow bridge and has 16 arches and is protected by 3 guard towers.
15. Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge
The Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the Akashi Strait and connects the cities of Kobe, located on the main island of Honshu in Japan, with Iwaya on Awaji Island.
The bridge has a total length of 12,831 feet (3,911 meters) and is the bridge with the longest central span in the world. The central span is a total of 6,532 feet (1,991 meters) long. The bridge was completed in 1998.
16. Chaotianmen Bridge
The Chaotianmen Bridge is a road and rail bridge that spans the Yangtze River in the city of Chongqing in China. It was constructed between December 2004 and April 30, 2009, and cost a total of 3.2 billion yuan to build.
Upon completion, the bridge took over the record as being the longest through arch bridge in the world, a record it still holds today. It has a total length of 1,741 meters (5,712 feet), a total width of 36.5 meters (120 feet), and a maximum height of 142 meters (466 feet). The bridge has 2 decks and the lower deck has the Chongqing Metro Loop Line running down the middle.
17. San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge
The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge is better known as simply the “Bay Bridge” and spans San Francisco Bay in California, United States. It connects San Francisco and Oakland and is part of Interstate 80. It has two decks and almost 300,000 vehicles cross it every day.
The toll bridge has a total length of 10,304 feet (3,141 meters) and a height of 526 feet (160 meters). It was built between 1933 and 1936 and has been added to the United States Register of Historic Places since August 13, 2001.
18. Bridge of Sighs
The Bridge of Sighs is the smallest bridge on the entire list and has an infamous history. It’s located in the Italian city of Venice and spans the Rio Di Palazzo. It connects the New Prison with the interrogation rooms of the Doge’s Palace.
The bridge is only 11 meters (36 feet) long and looking out of its windows was the last sight of Venice a convict would get before being locked up in prison. It was built between 1600 and 1603 and was designed by Antonio Contino, the nephew of Antonio da Ponte, the man who designed the Rialto Bridge in Venice.
19. Si O Se Pol Bridge
Si-o-se-pol is also known as the Allahverdi Khan Bridge and is located in Isfahan, Iran. It spans the river Zayanderud, the largest river of the Iranian Plateau. The bridge was constructed between 1599 and 1602.
The arch bridge consists of 33 spans and was built to serve a dual purpose as both a bridge and a dam. It has a total length of 297.76 meters (976.9 feet) and a width of 14.75 meters (48.4 feet). It is one of the most significant and famous examples of Iran’s Safavid architecture.
20. Pont du Gard
The Pont du Gard is located in the southern France village of Vers-Pont-du-Gard. It’s an ancient Roman Aqueduct that crosses the River Gardon and is not only the highest Roman aqueduct ever constructed but also one of the best-preserved ones.
The aqueduct was built between the years 40 and 60 A.D., which means it was built earlier than for example the Roman Colosseum. It has a total length of 275 meters (902 feet) and a total height of 48.8 meters (160 feet). It’s famous for its typical Roman arches and its stone blocks which weigh up to 6 tons and were cut so precisely that no mortar was needed for the bridge’s construction.
21. Chengyang Bridge
The Chengyang Bridge is also referred to as the “Yongji Bridge of Chengyang” or the “Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge.” Apart from being a bridge, it’s also a combination of multiple other things such as a corridor, a veranda, and a Chinese pavilion.
The bridge is located in Chenyang and connects two villages in the area. It has a total length of 64.4 meters (211 feet) and consists of two platforms (one at each end of the bridge), 3 piers, 3 spans, 5 pavilions, 19 verandas, and three floors.
22. Old Bridge
The Old Bridge spans the River Taff in Pontypridd in Wales. Unsurprisingly, it was originally known as the New Bridge and was built by William Edwards. It was constructed between 1746 and 1756 and it collapsed during construction in the year 1748.
It’s an arched single-span bridge that is only open to pedestrian traffic and has a total span of 43 meters (140 feet). The clearance below is about 10 meters (34 feet). It’s a scheduled ancient monument and is Grade I listed.
23. Banpo Bridge
The Banpo Bridge is a bridge in the center of the South Korean capital of Seoul. It crosses the Han River and connects the Seocho and Yongsan districts. It’s a girder bridge and it was constructed between 1980 and 1982.
One of the most prominent features of the bridge in South Korea is that it contains the longest bridge fountain in the world which is illuminated with over 10,000 LED lights. The fountain is about 1,140 meters long and shoots about 190 tonnes of water per minute. The water comes directly from the Han River below it and can shoot up to 43 meters far.
24. Vasco da Gama Bridge
The Vasco da Gama Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge that spans the Tagus River in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. The bridge also includes sections of viaducts and with a total length of 12.3 kilometers (7.6 miles), it’s the longest bridge in the European Union.
The cable-stayed section of the bridge covers about 0.8 kilometers (0.5 miles) and the viaducts cover 11.5 kilometers (7.1 miles) of the total length of the bridge. It was built between 1995 and 1998 and opened on March 29 to be ready for Expo 98, an event that celebrated the 500th anniversary of Vasco da Gama’s discovery of the sea route from Europe to India.
25. Tsing Ma Bridge
The bridge has a main span of 1,377 meters (4,518 feet) and a total height of 206 meters (676 feet). Upon completion, it was the second-longest suspension bridge in the world. At the moment it’s still the longest suspension bridge that carries rail traffic in the world.
26. George Washington Bridge
The George Washington Bridge is a double-decked suspension bridge that spans the Hudson River in New York City. It connects the New York City borough of Manhattan with the New Jersey Borough of Fort Lee and the bridge was named after George Washington, the first president of the United States.
It’s world-famous because it’s the world’s busiest motor vehicle bridge. Over 100 million vehicles cross the bridge every year. Construction of the bridge started in October 1927 and the bridge was officially inaugurated on October 24, 1931. It has a total length of 4,760 feet (1,450 meters), a maximum span of 3,500 feet (1,067 meters), and a height of 604 feet (184 meters).
27. Kintai Bridge
The Kintai Bridge is a historical wooden bridge that was built in the year 1673. It spans the Nishiki River in the city of Iwakuni in the Yamaguchi Prefecture in Japan. It’s located at the foot of Mount Yokahama.
The bridge is part of a popular tourist destination called Kikkou Park which also houses the famous Iwakuni Castle. The castle was completed in 1608, 65 years before the bridge was built. The bridge has a total length of about 175 meters and consists of 5 wooden arches. It has been a national treasure of Japan since 1922.
28. Sunshine Skyway Bridge
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge, officially known as the “Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge” and often simply called the “Skyway,” is a cable-stayed bridge that crosses Lower Tampa Bay. It connects St. Petersburg, Florida with Terra Ceia.
The bridge was built between 1982 and 1987 and is the second bridge with the same name on this location. The original bridge was involved in a major maritime disaster which resulted in structural damage and the death of 35 people as their cars plunged into the water below. The bridge has a total length of 4.41 miles (6.7 kilometers), a maximum span of 1,200 feet (366 meters), and a total height of 430 feet (131 meters).
29. Pont Alexandre III
The Pont Alexandre III is one of the most ornated bridges in the city of Paris, and arguably in the world. It crosses the Seine River and connects the neighborhoods of “Les Invalides” and “Eiffel Tower” with the Champs-Elysees area.
The bridge was built between 1896 and 1900 and has a total length of 160 meters (520 feet) and a width of 40 meters (130 feet). It’s built in the Beaux-Arts style and is famous for its amazing Art Nouveau lamps, cherubs, nymphs, and winged horses at either end. It has been classified as a French “Monument Historique” since 1975.
30. Øresund Bridge
The Øresund Bridge or simply the “Öresund” connects Sweden with Denmark by spanning the Öresund Strait. The bridge runs for 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the Swedish coast to an artificial island, from where it continues with the 4-kilometer (2.5 miles) Drogden Tunnel to the Danish island of Amager.
The cable-stayed bridge was constructed between 1995 and 1999 and officially opened on July 1, 2000. Upon completion, it was the longest road and rail bridge in Europe and it connects the two major cities in the area, Malmö in Sweden and Copenhagen in Denmark. The bridge has a total height of 204 meters (669 feet) and the longest span of 490 meters (1,608 feet).
31. Bixby Creek Bridge
The Bixby Creek Bridge is located on the Big Sur Coast in California, about 120 miles (190 kilometers) south of San Francisco, and 13 miles (21 kilometers) south of Carmel in Monterrey County. It is part of State Route 1.
The bridge was constructed between 1931 and 1932 and has since become one of the most photographed bridges in California because of its unique location. With a total height of 280 feet (85 meters), it was the highest single-span arch bridge in the world upon completion.
32. Lupu Bridge
The Lupu Bridge is a through arch bridge the spans the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China. It was named after one of the districts of the city to which it connects. This district seized to exist in 2011 though but the bridge retained its name.
With a total length of 750 meters (2,461 feet), it is the second-longest steel arch bridge in the world. The bridge was constructed between 2000 and 2003 and cost a whopping 2.5 billion yuan (about $302 million) to build. The steel structure costs over 1/4 of that alone.
33. Magdeburg Water Bridge
The Magdeburg Water Bridge is a navigable aqueduct located near the city of Magdeburg in central Germany. It crosses the river Elbe and connects the Mittellandkanal to the west and the Elbe-Havel Canal to the east of the river.
It has a total length of 918 meters (3,012 feet) of which 690 meters is over land and 228 meters is over water. Its purpose was to allow large commercial ships to easily cross the river Elbe without having to descend into it. It is the largest canal underbridge in Europe.
34. Clifton Suspension Bridge
The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the River Avon and the Avon Gorge. It connects Clifton in Bristol with Leigh Woods in North Somerset in the southwest of England. It is part of the B3129 road and a toll of £1.00 is charged for vehicles crossing it.
The original idea for a bridge on the location was conceived in 1753, but it wouldn’t be built until 1864. The bridge has a total length of 1,352 feet (412 meters) and a total height of 331 feet (101 meters) above the high water level. The clearance below is 245 feet (75 meters) above the high water level.
35. Octávio Frias de Oliveira Bridge
The Octávio Frias de Oliveira Bridge is cable-stayed and is commonly known as the “Ponte Estaiada.” It crosses the Pinheiros River in São Paulo, Brazil. The bridge deck is unusually shaped like an “X.“
The total length of the bridge is about 1,600 meters (5,200 feet) and it has a total height of 138 meters (453 feet). It is the only bridge in the world that has curved tracks that are supported by a single concrete mast.
36. Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge
The Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, which is most commonly referred to as the “Ponte JK,” is a steel and concrete arch bridge that crosses Lake Paranoá in Brasília, Brazil. The bridge is named after President Juscelino Kubitschek, who was president of Brazil from 1956 to 1961, and who was the main proponent of the planned city.
The bridge connects the eastern area of the lake where we can find Brasília International Airport, with the city center of Brazil’s capital. The bridge with its silhouette design has a total length of 1,200 meters (3,900 feet) and was constructed between 2000 and 2002.
37. Capilano Suspension Bridge
The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a simple suspension bridge for pedestrians that crosses the Capilano River. It’s located in the District of North Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. The original bridge on its location was opened in 1889 and was completely rebuilt in 1956.
Right now this bridge in Canada is part of a private tourist attraction that also features “Treetop Adventures” and that attracts over 1 million visitors every year. It has a total length of 140 meters (460 feet) and hangs about 70 meters (230 feet) above the river.
38. The Iron Bridge
The Iron Bridge is a cast-iron arch bridge that crosses the River Severn in Shropshire, in the west of England. It has this name because when it opened in 1781, it was the world’s first bridge to be made of cast iron.
The bridge is considered to be a symbol of the industrial revolution since its successful construction resulted in cast iron being used in buildings and structures all around the world. It has a total span of 30.63 meters (100 feet 6 inches) and crosses the Ironbridge Gorge.
39. Confederation Bridge
The Confederation Bridge is the longest in Canada with a total length of 12.9 kilometers (8 miles). It’s a box and girder bridge that is part of the Trans-Canada Highway.
The bridge was constructed between 1993 and 1997 and officially opened to the public on May 31, 1997. The locals often refer to the bridge as “The Fixed Bridge” and this massive bridge cost a whopping CAD 1.3 billion to build.
40. Seri Wawasan Bridge
The Seri Wawasan Bridge is one of the most important bridges in the new city of Putrajaya, the new federal and administrative center of Malaysia. It crosses the Putrajaya Lake, an artificial lake created to provide natural cooling for the city.
The bridge has the appearance of a sailing ship is described as a futuristic and asymmetric cable-stayed bridge with a forward-inclined pylon.
41. Agas-Agas Bridge
The Agas-Agas Bridge is located in the region of Southern Leyte on the island of Leyte and is the highest bridge in the Philippines. It has a total height of 89 meters (292 feet) and a length of about 350 meters (1,150 feet).
It’s a pre-stressed concrete beam bridge and is supported by two massive pillars that are standing 73 meters (240 feet) and 75 meters (246 feet) tall. The bridge was built in 2006 and cost a total of ₱1.024-billion
42. Langkawi Sky Bridge
The Langkawi Sky Bridge is a curved pedestrian bridge located in the hills of Pulau Langkawi, the main island of the Langkawi archipelago in Kedah in Malaysia. It’s located about 660 meters (2,170 feet) above sea level.
The bridge was constructed in 2005 and is about 125 meters (410 feet) long. It can only be reached by first taking the Langkawi Cable Car which brings visitors to the Skyglide, an inclined lift that brings visitors to the bridge.
43. Chapel Bridge
The Chapel Bridge, also referred to as the “Kapellbrücke,” is a covered wooden pedestrian bridge in the city of Lucerne in central Switzerland. It is named after St. Peter’s Chapel which is located nearby.
The bridge was originally built in the year 1365 and is the oldest surviving truss bridge in the world. The Chapel Bridge is the symbol of the city of Lucerne and is a very popular tourist attraction in Switzerland.
44. Helix Bridge
The Helix Bridge is a pedestrian bridge that links Marina Centre to Marina South in the Marina Bay Area in Singapore. The bridge was officially opened to the public on April 24, 2010.
It is part of a double bridge that can carry vehicular traffic called the Bayfront Bridge. Therefore, it was originally referred to as the “Double Helix Bridge.” The bridge has a total length of 280 meters (918 feet).
45. Royal Gorge Bridge
The Royal Gorge Bridge is a tourist attraction near Cañon City, Colorado, in the United States. It is part of the “Royal Gorge Bridge & Park,” a 150 hectares (260 acres) big amusement park located on both sides of the Royal Gorge.
It cost a total of $350,000 to construct and upon its completion in November 1929, it became the world’s highest suspension bridge with a total height of 291 meters (955 feet). It held this title until the year 2001 when it was surpassed by the Liuguanghe Bridge in China. It remains the highest bridge in the United States.
46. 15 July Martyrs Bridge
The 15 July Martyrs Bridge is also called the “Bosphorus Bridge” as it is one of the 3 suspension bridges that cross the Bosphorus Strait in the Turkish capital of Istanbul. This means that the bridge connects Europe with Asia.
It was named the “15 July Martyrs Bridge” on July 25, 2016, in honor of the people that died resisting the failed military coup d’état attempt 10 days earlier. It has a total length of 1,560 meters (5,118 feet), a total height of 165 meters (541 feet), and a clearance below 64 meters (210 feet).
47. Gateshead Millennium Bridge
The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is a tilt bridge designated for pedestrians and cyclists and spans the River Tyne in Newcastle Upon Tyne in the northeast of England. The bridge was designed by architect WilkinsonEyre and structural engineer Gifford.
The bridge has a total length of 126 meters (413 feet) and it opened to the public in the year 2001. This award-winning bridge cost a total of £22 million to build and was officially inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II on May 7, 2002.
48. Széchenyi Chain Bridge
The Széchenyi Chain Bridge crosses the river Danube in the Hungarian capital of Budapest and connects Buda and Pest. This structure in Budapest was built by English engineer William Tierney Clark and Scottish engineer Adam Clark.
It was the first permanent bridge over the river Danube in all of Hungary and was built between 1840 and 1849. It has a total length of 375 meters (1,230 feet) and its longest span measures 202 meters (663 feet). It became the ultimate symbol of Hungary and was considered an engineering wonder at the time.
49. Alcántara Bridge
The Alcántara Bridge is also known as “Trajan’s Bridge at Alcántara.” This stone arch bridge was built at the order of Roman emperor Trajan between the years 104 and 106 A.D. who commissioned it in the year 98 A.D.
The bridge is located in Spain’s western region of Extremadura in the town of Alcántara and crosses the river Tagus. The name is derived from the Arabic “al-QanTarah” which translates to “the arches.”
50. Forth Bridge
The Forth Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge that crosses the Firth of North in the east of Scotland. The bridge is located about 9 miles west of the capital of the country, Edinburgh. The bridge was constructed between 1882 and 1890.
Since the bridge only allows railway traffic, it’s also sometimes referred to as the “Forth Rail Bridge.” The bridge has a total length of 8,094 feet (2,467 meters) and has the second-longest single cantilever bridge span in the world with a length of 1,709 feet (521 meters).
51. Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge
The Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge is a viaduct on the Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway. With a total length of 105 miles (169 kilometers), it’s the longest bridge in the world.
The bridge connects the two major cities Shanghai and Nanjing in the Jiangsu province and it was built to easily cross the lowland full of rice paddies, canals, rivers, and lakes. 10,000 people worked on the project for 4 years between 2006 and 2010 and it cost about $8.5 billion!
52. Stone Arch Bridge
The Stone Arch Bridge is an old stone railroad bridge in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is located on the Mississippi River and is the second-oldest bridge to be built over the river. It is the only stone arch bridge on the entire Mississippi River as well.
It was built in the year 1883 as part of the Great Northern Railway and is now used as a pedestrian and bicycle bridge. It was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in the year 1971. It is 2,100 feet (640 meters) long and consists of 21 arches.
53. Chesapeake Bay Bridge
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is locally known as simply the “Bay Bridge,” and spans the Chesapeake Bay in the US state of Maryland. When the bridge opened in 1952 it was the longest structure over land in the world with a length of 4.3 miles (6.9 kilometers).
The bridge has a total length of 4.316 miles (6.946 kilometers) and is part of the US Route 50 which connects the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area with Ocean City in Maryland. A second, parallel span was added in the year 1973.
54. Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge
The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge is a suspension bridge that connects the New York City Boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn. It spans the Narrows, a body of water that separates the two boroughs. It was named after Giovanni da Verrazzano, a European explorer who was the first person to enter the New York Harbor on the Hudson River in 1524.
It has a total length of 13,700 feet (4,176 meters) and a total height of 693 feet (211 meters). A bridge was planned as early as the 1920s but it wasn’t until 1959 that construction on the bridge started. It finally opened on November 21, 1964, and a lower deck followed 5 years later.
55. DuSable Bridge
The DuSable Bridge is one of the most historically important bridges in the city of Chicago. It carries Michigan Avenue across the Chicago River in Downtown Chicago and marks the beginning of the Magnificent Mile on its northern side. Here we can also find some of the most famous buildings in the city, including the Wrigley Building and the Tribune Tower.
The location of the bridge is significant. The northern side of the bridge was originally the site of Fort Dearborn, a US fort built in the early 19th century. The southern side of the bridge was originally occupied by the residence of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the man considered to be the first non-indigenous resident of Chicago in 1780. The bridge was renamed in his honor after originally being named the “Michigan Avenue Bridge.”