Over the years constructors have built bridges in all shapes, sizes and heights. Here are some of the most breath-taking bridges, from remote places around the world – guaranteed to get your heart racing.
If you're afraid of heights, don’t have a sense of adventure, and you don’t scoff in the face of danger then you may not want to check out these scary bridges. From sky-high suspension bridges to dilapidated rope bridges, these crossings aren’t for the meek. Engineers and designers spend their working lives ensuring that bridges are safe. Your brain doesn't always appreciate this, however, and sometimes for very good reasons.
Gephyrophobia is the fear of bridges. And Acrophobia is an extreme fear of heights. Both are estimated to affect up to 5 percent of the general population. And both happen to lots of people who cross these scary bridges. Bridges provide safe passage for people and vehicles over bodies of water, valleys and roads, but even the safest and most solid-seeming bridge can seem a little scary. The structures on this list—some of the world’s most terrifying bridges—are bridges that few would probably cross without suffering a panic attack. In other words: you couldn't pay us to cross them.
Royal Gorge Bridge, USA
Lake Ponchartrain Causeway Bridge is 24 mile-long and links New Orleans to Mandeville, in Louisiana, crossing the Lake Ponchartrain. Land can’t be seen by motorists who are crossing the middle 8 miles of the bridge, making this one of the scariest bridges in the U.S. Police who patrol the bridge have reported having to rescue anxious drivers who become scared while crossing the bridge and literally stop their cars on the middle of the roadway. These panic-stricken motorists have to be driven across the bridge by police officers. This scary bridge opened in 1956 and rises just 16 feet above the waters of Lake Pontchartrain, but the real fear factor is that it never seems to end—it spans nearly 24 miles from Metairie to Mandeville, LA. It is the longest overwater highway bridge. Fog procedures: When fog procedures are in effect, stay in the right lane only and do not pass. Form a single line in the right lane. Put on your headlights. (do not use brights or emergency lights). Stay close enough to the vehicle in front of you to see its taillights, but don’t follow too closely.
The Deception Pass Bridge is located in the U.S. state of Washington. It’s a two-lane bridge linking Whidbey Island and Fidalgo in Deception Pass State Park. If the drive over this foggy strait in the Puget Sound isn't particularly scary to you, try walking over the narrow pedestrian lane at the edge of the bridge. That's where you'll find especially hair-raising views of the rushing water directly below. Over 1,500 tons of steel were used to construct the two spans. Roughly 15,000 cars cross the bridge each day.
This unique bridge is located along the South Klondike Highway near Skagway, in Alaska. It was finished in 1976 and spans 110-foot over Moore Creek Gorge. Named for Captain William Moore, a pilot, prospector, packer, trader and riverboat captain, it crosses an active earthquake fault. Engineers, aware of the potential for disaster, anchored only one end of the bridge securely, so when the ground below shifts, the bridge isn’t torn apart. Engineers built with the fact in mind so only one side of the bridge is secured with the hopes that when the ground shifts the bridge remains in tact and is not torn in half.
Austrian Road Bridges, Kazakhstan
The Austrian Road, so-called because it was built by Austrian POW's during WW1 in 1915, is a marvel of engineering located in the Altai Mountains of East Kazakhstan. The road includes 16 wood bridges over the Kara-Koba River. The bridges are suffering a slow rotting and some of them already collapsed.
Pai Memorial Bridge, Thailand
Located in northern Thailand's Mae Hong Son Province, near the Myanmar border, the Pai Memorial Bridge is one of the main tourist attractions in Pai. The bridge was made of iron and was originally built by Japanese soldiers during WWII (in 1942) to cross the Pai River.
Bertram Bridge, USA
Located in southern Linn County, in Iowa, Bertram Bridge is a bridge across the Big Creek river. The bridge, also known as Ely Street Bridge, was built in 1891. The weight limit of this one lane bridge is 8 tons. The whole structure is 208 feet (63 m) and the roadway is 13.5 feet (4 m) wide.
Linn Cove Viaduct, USA
Located near Linville in North Carolina, USA, the Linn Cove Viaduct is a 1,243-foot (379 m) complex, S-shaped, undulating balcony across the side of Grandfather Mountain. This concrete segmental bridge was completed in 1987 over a tricky terrain. The view is breathtaking, and the ride is exciting as that the bridge appears to be suspended in mid-air. The bridge lies on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Noah Creek bridge, Australia
Located in northeast Queensland, Australia, the Noah Creek bridge is wood with some planks. The bridge over the Noah Creek river is 24m long. Bridge load limit is 25Tn. The road over the bridge is called Cape Tribulation Road.
Lakina River Bridge, USA
Located in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, the Lakina River Bridge lies at milepost 44.3 of the gravel McCarthy Highway (closed in winters). The bridge is 190 ft long and the weight limit is 32 Ton.
Linyanti River bridge, Namibia
Located in the Mamili National Park in the north-eastern corner of the Zambezi Region in Northern Namibia, the bridge over the Linyanti River is 40m long. The bridge is just some iron planks over scary mud and deep water.
Longa Bridge, Angola
Located on the province of Cuando Cubango, in Angola, the bridge over the Longa river is made with iron planks. The bridge is 15 m long and lies on the gravel road towards Longa.
Puente Las Corrientes, Chile
Puente Las Corrientes is a wooden bridge located in the Araucanía Region of southern Chile. The bridge over the Rehue river is 43m long. The weight limit of this wooden bridge is 15Tn. The road over the bridge is the gravel R-264.
The Phoenix Bridge Co, Chile
The Phoenix Bridge Co is a wooden bridge located in the Araucanía Region of southern Chile. The bridge over the Rehue river, also known as Puente de Deuco, is 58.90 m long.
Naryn river bridge, Kyrgyzstan
Naryn river bridge is a wooden bridge located in the Naryn Province in central Kyrgyzstan. This bridge over the Naryn river is 41.46 m long.
Hangzhou Bay Bridge, China
Located in the eastern coastal region of China, the Hangzhou Bay Bridge spans across the Hangzhou Bay and is the longest ocean-crossing bridge. The bridge is 36 kilometers (23 miles) long and 14 meters (46 feet) wide and designed as an "S" over the sea. It connects Zhenjiadai, Haiyan, Jiaxing City in the north and Shuiluwan, Cixi, Ningbo City in the south in Zhejiang Province. There is also a 145-meter (476-foot) high tower on the platform, from which you can see the "rainbow" over the sea, as well as the Qiantang Tidal Bore and sea birds. The bridge was opened to public on May 1, 2008.
Clear Creek Bridge, USA
Located in Iowa County, in USA, the Clear Creek Bridge spans the Clear Creek and was built in 1955. It’s 59 ft long on W Avenue.
This is the list of the world’s highest bridges, ranked by the maximum distance from the road of the bridge down to the ground or water beneath. In other words, when you drive in your car over the bridge and look down – how far does the ground look.
Borovsko Bridge, Czech Republic
The Borovsko Bridge is an unfinished highway bridge located in Borovnice, in Benešov District in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. The bridge is also known as Czech Avignon or Hitler's Bridge. The construction of this never-used highway bridge near Borovsko started in 1939, shortly before the WWII as a part of a road called transeuropean corridor. This 100m tall bridge was finished in 1950. However, highway construction was suspended in the 1950s and the bridge was abandoned. Later was flooded by the drinking water reservoir built in 1976. Access to vehicle cars is totally forbidden.
Located in Siberia, the Vitim River Bridge is one of the scariest bridges in the world. It’s an old train bridge crossing the Vitim River, a major tributary of the Lena River, part of the famous BAM road adventure. During the Siberian winter, the bridge becomes even more challenging as the wood turns into an ice slick that provides no traction. Surviving this bridge crossing is considered such an accomplishment that the 34 people who have done it created their own Facebook page. The old railway bridge is 570 meters (1870 feet) long and only 50 feet above the water. It’s barely wide enough for one car, and it’s iced over for much of the year. Isn’t wide enough for a car and has no railings. It’s made of wood and not in a very good condition. It will take a good 3 minutes to drive across it if you’re a skilled driver.
Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a 6.7km-long (4.14 miles) bridge built over Tampa Bay, Florida, in USA. Its height is 430 feet (131 m) and is said to be the longest cable stayed concrete bridge in the world. Don't be fooled by its sunny name, the history alone makes going over "Sunshine Skyway Bridge" scary. In 1980, the freighter MV Summit Venture collided with a support column during a blinding thunderstorm causing the bridge to collapse. The collision caused six cars, a truck, and a Greyhound bus to fall 150 feet (46 m) into the water, killing 35 people. On top of this, 207 people have committed suicided by jumping off the center span into the Tampa Bay waters since 1987 when the new bridge was reconstructed. Prior to that, another 51 people have jumped to their deaths before the older bridge collapsed. There are now 6 suicide hotlines placed along the bridge as a safety precaution and a constant reminder to its past. To add to the dark history of the bridge, during periods of severe thunderstorms and hurricanes, it is often shut down due to high wind advisories. The grade is steep and you feel like your on an endless ramp and will drop from a dizzying height after you reach the apex. The parallel lines of slanted bright yellow cables going by add to the disorienting vertigo. Even a seasoned bridge crosser can feel off on this bridge.
Deosai bridge, Pakistan
Located in the Deosai Park Road in Skardu Gilgit-Baltistan province, in northern Pakistan, the road has a length of 82.4 km. It includes gravel, asphalt, river crossing and one of the scariest wood bridges in the world. The road runs at an average altitude of 4,114 meters (13,497 feet) above the sea level. It’s located in the Deosai Plains, the second highest plateau in the world, after the adjoining Tibetan Plateau, between the ridge of the Himalayas and Karakoram.
Located on the Illinois and Indiana border, in USA, the Wabash Cannonball Bridge is a single-lane bridge pretty narrow. The bridge was originally constructed by the King Bridge Company in 1897, to cross the Wabash River. Some people say the bridge is cursed.
Plum Brook Road Bridge is a closed bridge over the Muscoot Reservoir, located in northern Westchester County, New York, in USA. The road over the bridge is called Plum Brook Road. The bridge was built in 1904 and rehabilitated in 1942. In June of 1996, the bridge was restricted to one-lane, one-way traffic and limited to vehicles weighing five tons or less. Finally, in 1998 the bridge was closed to all vehicles due to unsafe conditions.
Located in the Glacier National Park of Montana, the Quarter Circle Bridge is a wood bridge where McDonald Creek merges with the Middle Fork Flathead River. The unplowed road over the bridge is called Quarter Circle Bridge Road. The bridge is 194 ft long and can be closed anytime due to flooding or inclement weather.
Semonkong - Mantsa Road bridges, Lesotho
Located in the Maseru District of Lesotho, the road linking Semonkong and Mantsa includes several river crossings. The bridges are concrete, with asphalt sections. The longest one is 46m long and the shortest one is 12m long. They are often flooded away in rainy seasons.
Bull Bridge, Ireland
Located on Ireland's east coast, the Bull Bridge links Dublin and the North Bull Island in Dublin Bay. The bridge, also known as Wooden Bridge, was completed in 1821. It’s pretty narrow and vehicle loads from cars and vans is restricted to 2 Ton max.
Stacey Road Bridges, Canada
Located in Ontario, Canada, the 2 old plank bridges over the CNR and CPR railways are 25 and 33 meters long and the load limit is 5Tons. The bridges are traversed by the gravel Stacey Road.
Betsiboka Bridge, Madagascar
Located in the central-north part of Madagascar, the Betsiboka Bridge is said to be the longest bridge in the country. The bridge over the Betsiboka river is made with iron planks. It’s 350m long. The road over the bridge is called Route 4, a main road linking Mahajanga and Antananarivo.
Øresund Bridge, Denmark and Sweden
The Øresund Bridge is a new link between Denmark and Sweden. This spectacular bridge connects the towns of Amager and Oresund in Denmark (on the island Zealand) with Skane, in Sweden. It’s 10 miles (16,4km) long. The surface of the bridge is asphalt. The bridge runs nearly 8 kilometres (5 miles) from the Swedish coast to the artificial island of Peberholm, which lies in the middle of the strait, for 4km. The remainder of the link is by a 4 km (2.5 miles) tunnel from Peberholm to the Danish island of Amager. The Øresund Bridge offers a 4-lane road carrying 6 million vehicles per year. Built between 1995 and 1999, this is one road you need to drive, if you’re not scared off by the huge tolls.
Nadym River pontoon bridge, Russia
Located right at the Arctic Circle in central Siberia, Russia, crossing the bridge over the Nadym River (which is frozen for six months of the year) is a hair-raising drive across a waterlogged very rickety pontoon bridge for summer use only. The bridge that spans the Nadym River is submerged by over a foot of water in parts. This half-submerged bridge doesn’t look like something we’d ever volunteer to drive on. It’s the stuff nightmares are made of. The Nadym River freezes over between October and May every year and local reports cite plans to replace the rickety crossing with a hovercraft service.
Cuyuni River bridge, Venezuela
Located in eastern Venezuela, the Cuyuni River bridge is said to be designed by the famous Gustave Eiffel. The iron bridge over the Cuyuni River is 170 m. The road to the bridge is the gravel Ruta 10.
Located in Blount County, Alabama, in USA, this pony truss bridge over the Copeland Creek is 80.1 ft long and was built in 1946. The road over the bridge is called Chamblee Mill Road.
Located in Keokuk County, Iowa, in USA, the 170th Street Rock Creek Bridge is a warren pony truss bridge spanning the Rock Creek and was built around 1910. It’s 62 49 ft long on the gravel 170th Street. The weight limit is 7 Tons.
River Cannich Bridge, Scotland
Located in the Highland council area of Scotland, the River Cannich Bridge is a wooden bridge spanning the River Cannich. It’s 105 ft long. The weight limit of this one lane bridge is 17 Tons.
Some famous bridges are creepy suicide magnets. They garnered the nickname of Suicide bridge due to the number of suicides and attempted suicides since its completion. Some of the bridges in this list have been the site of hundreds of suicides, most typically by jumping off and into the water or ground below. Due this fact, most of the bridges are erecting a suicide barrier.
Coronado Bridge, USA
Located in the U.S. state of California, the San Diego–Coronado Bridge crosses over San Diego Bay and links San Diego with Coronado. The bridge is 11,179 feet (3,407 m) long and was opened in 1969. It’s said to be a Suicide Magnet: it has been the site of more than 360 suicides.
Puente del Rio Lainez, Argentina
Located in the Tierra del Fuego Province, in Argentina, the southernmost extreme of the Americas, the bridge over the Lainez river is 45m long and is traversed by the scenic Ruta Provincial A. It’s a wooden bridge. It’s highly recommended to hire a 4x4 vehicle in order to minimize your chances of a mishap, and maximize your comfort levels. The zone has a semi-arid climate so expect unpredictable changes in weather throughout the year, plus high winds.
Lumi i Thethit river bridge, Albania
Located in Theth, Shkodër County, in northern Albania, the wooden bridge over the Lumi i Thethit river is 12m long.
Osman Gazi Köprüsü, Turkey
The Osman Gazi Bridge is a 2,682 m (8,799 ft) long bridge located along the eastern end of the Sea of Marmara, in Turkey. Earthquakes and high winds are the main hazards. The bridge was opened in 2016. It’s a 3 km-long six-lane bridge and the fourth-longest suspension bridge in the world by the length of its central span.
Puente Tablachaca, Peru
Located in northwestern Peru, the Tablachaca bridge is bridge is 36m long. The bridge lies on the asphalted Carretera 100. In a short section of 1.6km there are 4 wooden bridges.
Khudkham River bridge, Tajikistan
Located in southern Tajikistan, the Khudkham River bridge is 28m long. Located in the Panj valley, the bridge is built with iron planks over the Khudkham River. The road over the bridge is the Kulob - Qal'ai Khumb road, also known as R-44 or P-44 road.
Mzimba river bridge, Malawi
Located in the Mzimba District of Malawi, the Mzimba river bridge is 37m long. The bridge can be closed anytime due the floods. It’s part of the M9 road.
Kuskulana Bridge, USA
The Kuskulana Bridge is said to be the biggest thrill on the road to McCarthy. Located in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States, this one lane vehicle bridge lies at milepost 17 of the gravel McCarthy Highway (closed in winters). The speed limit is 15mph. This 525-foot-long bridge was built in 1910 during the dead of winter (with temperatures dipping to –60°F) as the railroad pushed to complete the line by spring. It was rehabilitated in 1988. The bridge spans 238 feet (73 m) high above the Kuskulana River and still remains for many, the most hair raising part of the entire McCarthy Road. This historic railroad span is a vertigo-inducing 238ft above the bottom of the gorge.
Manchac Swamp Bridge, USA
Located in southeastern Louisiana over the Lake Maurepas the Manchac Swamp Bridge is a twin concrete trestle bridge carrying the I-55 road. The bridge is 36,710 meters (120,400 feet) long. Opened in 1979, it’s one of the longest bridges in the world over water. It spans a swamp that is supposedly haunted with a Rougarou (Cajun werewolf, also known as loup-garou) and a voodoo princess. It’s quite safe to drive over the bridge despite any legends, but swamp swimmers below should be aware of the fully real alligators that float on the tranquil waters below the pier.
Puente del Río Inambari, Peru
Located within the Bahuaja Sonene National Park in the province Sandia in, Puente del Rio Inambari is a short wooden bridge located near the Bolivian border over the Inambari River. The surface of the bridge is wood. It's 27.07 m (88.81 ft) long.
Kawazu-Nanadaru Loop Bridge, Japan
The Kawazu-Nanadaru Loop Bridge, in Japan, is an example of how to build a bridge from one mountainside to another when the sides of the mountain are so steep that it is not possible to build a road at the same elevation on both sides. This double spiral brings cars up and down a full 45 meters (148 feet) while being seemingly suspended in a valley between two mountainsides.Coming upon this bridge in the middle of this mountain road is quite an experience. The bridge was finished in 1982 and has become a popular landmark on route 414 heading south from Tokyo towards the hot spring resorts of the Izu peninsula.
The Mackinac Bridge divides the Upper and Lower peninsulas of Michigan. It was built in 1957, is 26,372 feet long and ascends to a height of 200 feet above water. Some drivers get so nervous about crossing the bridge that they don’t even go. And this happens so often that the Mackinac Bridge Authority will drive your car or motorcycle for you (and for free). The biggest fear is the wind, which often exceeds 30 miles per hour on the bridge. While the heights of the grand bridge are enough to scare some people from crossing the bridge, so, too, is the depth of the water – which is some 250 feet deep at the center of the straits. To accommodate temperature changes, high winds and changes of weight, the deck can move right or left as much as 35 feet at the center span. Normal movement is much less, and not obvious to vehicles crossing the bridge.
Sidu River Bridge, China
Sidu River Bridge is located in Badong County of the Hubei Province of China. It opened in November 2009 and was the world’s highest bridge, rising more than 1,500 feet in the air. This suspension bridge is 1,222 m-long (4,009 ft) and the span is so high that Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Tower could fit underneath it. This highest bridge in the world spans such a great chasm that it had to be established using rockets. The Sidu River Bridge is the tallest bridge in the world, standing around 1,500 ft tall.
Confederation Bridge, Canada
Located in Canada, this 12.9-kilometre (8 mi) bridge opened on 31 May 1997. It links Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunswick. It's eight miles long and stretches over very, very cold water. The curved bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water, and more than a decade after its construction, it endures as one of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the 20th century. There is ice covering straits 5 months of the year. A special design was made to accommodate this, the bridge designers developed a 52 degree conical ice shield located on the pier shaft to break up the ice. This ice shield actually lifts the ice flow up so it breaks on its own weight. Designed to last 100 years, it is the longest bridge over ice-covered waters in the world, and at its highest point is tall enough to allow cruise ships to pass underneath it. For user safety, the Confederation Bridge can be restricted to certain classes of vehicles from crossing because the high wind situations.
Volgograd Bridge, Russia
Volgograd Bridge is 7,1km long. It’s located over the Volga River in the southern Russian city of Volgograd.During a violent storm in May 2010, the roadway began to shake and oscillate, in a similar manner to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge before it collapsed in 1940. The rippling roadway caused cars to be thrown into the air and careen into the opposite lane.
Puente Upamayo, Peru
The Upamayo Bridge is an extreme wood bridge located in the Junin Region, in Peru. The bridge, over the Lago Junín, is 30m long. It lies at an elevation of 4,082 metres (13,392 ft) above the sea level.
Muhurr bridge, Albania
Located in Muhurr, a small town in the Dibër County, northeastern Albania, the Muhurr bridge is 45m long. The bridge, built to cross the Black Drin river, is made of iron and wood.
Šćepan Polje bridge, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina
Sćepan Polje bridge is an international bridge on the border of Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina. The bridge crosses the Tara River. It’s wood made and 66m long. The road over the bridge is called M18.
Ekok suspension bridge, Cameroon
Ekok bridge is a huge planked suspension bridge spanning the Cross river on the Cameroon-Nigeria border. There’s a project to build a new two lane bridge, with a length of 276 m.
Garhi Dupatta bridge, Pakistan
Located near the small town of Garhi Dupatta, in Muzaffarabad District, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan the Bailey bridge over the Jhelum river has broken planks. It’s 115 ft long and is very dangerous at nights. The road over the bridge is called Kai Manja road.
Barenis Bridge, Pakistan
The bridge over the Mastuj river is 42m long. It’s located in Barenis, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The road over the bridge is called Chitral - Mastuj Road. The surface of the bridge is wood.
Gourits River Bridge, South Africa
Located in the Southern Cape of South Africa, the Gourits River Bridge is 130 m long. The road over this low water bridge is asphalted. It crosses the Gourits River.
Khovd River bridge, Mongolia
Located in the Bayan-Ölgii Province in western Mongolia, the Khovd River bridge is a wooden bridge over the Khovd River. The bridge is 111.85 m long on the gravel road linking Ulaankhus and Tsengel.
Haast River Bridge, New Zealand
Haast River Bridge is one lane bridge over the Haast River on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. This one lane bridge is 750 m long. The road ovar the bridge is called State Highway 6.
Monday River bridge, Paraguay
The Monday River bridge is a wooden bridge located in Southern Paraguay. The bridge over the Monday River is 58.80 m long. The road to the bridge is gravel.
Sometimes perilous and almost always remote, rural bridges have long been a staple of local ghostlore. They are places where ghosts of long-forgotten accidents still roam and phantom voices cry out from the water below.
Van Zile Road Bridge, USA
Located in the U.S. state of Indiana, the Bridge on the Van Zile Road is 187 ft long. The road over the bridge is called Van Zile Road and is asphalted. Weight limit is 10 Tons.
Victor Avenue Bridge, USA
Locaeted in Buchanan County, Iowa, in USA, the Victor Avenue Bridge spans the South Fork Maquoketa River and was built in 1911. It’s 48.9 ft long.
Located in Iowa, in USA, the 320th Avenue Bridge is a warren pony truss bridge spanning the Walnut Creek and was built in 1924. It’s 62 ft long on the gravel 320th Avenue.
Tappan Zee Bridge, USA
Located in the U.S. state of New York, the Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge is 16,013 feet (4,881 m) long and is said to be the scary of scaries. The bridge crossing the Hudson River at one of its widest points was opened in 1955. It’s considered one of the top 10 most insecure bridges in the USA. It has a special fear associated with it because it's so long and it has no shoulders. From 1998 to 2008, more than 25 people committed suicide on the bridge. Federal and state authorities are currently constructing a replacement bridge, the New Tappan Zee Bridge.
Quepos Bridge, Costa Rica
Known as The Bridge of Death or Oh My God bridge, this extremely narrow bridge is located on the road from Jaco to Quepos on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast. Cars can travel only in one direction. It barely looks like it could hold a bicycle, let alone a 30 tonne lorry. But trucks cross this deathtrap on a regular basis. The Quepos Bridge is here to proudly represent every creaky battered decayed bridge in the Third World that looks incapable of supporting a bicycle. Still, untold thousands of these rickety structures carry traffic every day, doing their part to make a harsh existence more convenient. The bridge looks like it could crumble at any moment, but apparently large trucks drive over it and people survive. The loose slats of the roadway clank loudly while the bridge shakes under the weight of all the vehicles.
Gandy Bridge, USA
Located in Florida, USA, the bridge, also known as Friendship Trail Bridge is 14,859 feet (4,529 m) long over the sea. The bridge links Old Tampa Bay from St. Petersburg and Tampa. The bridge opened in 1924. If you fear being on a small road close to the water, don't ever drive from Tampa to Clearwater. You think there are times that you are almost in the water. Many people have a fear that when they drive over a bridge, they'll end up in the water.
Kaoh Pen Bamboo Bridge, Cambodia
Located in Kampong Cham, a city in the East part of Cambodia, by Mekong’s bank, it’s a little bamboo one way bridge which connects the city with an island where there are some villages and several rice fields. It is surrounded by sand beaches and it is very nice.During the rainy season you can only access the island by boat but, in the dry season, when Mekong’s flow goes down, you can reach the island crossing the bamboo bridge. It is awesome that is handmade every year, as this is the way it is rebuilt year after year. The irregular ground moves under the wheels, it oscillates and adapts according to the vehicles which are passing by at each moment. The bridge has a framework made of bamboo sticks and a carpet of several layers of canes cut in halves extends over it, absorbing the impact of the vehicles. At the beginning, going through the bridge next to a car is pretty scary, because the floor bends with the weight of the car, but, after a couple of times, you relax once you realize the bridge is strong enough. As it is a one way bridge, there is a person in each side controlling the traffic with walkie-talkies; they let the cars pass from each shore acting as a traffic light.
Located in the Tongass National Forest, in the state of Alaska, United States, the bridge over the Harlequin Lake is very challenging. The road over the bridge is called Forest Hwy No 10. The bridge is wood made. It’s 371 ft long.
Shansha Bridge, India
Located in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, the Shansha Bridge is in very poor conditions. The bridge is on the gravel Tandi-Kishtwar Road. The single lane bridge is wood made.
Mosquito Bridge, USA
Located in El Dorado County, this small suspension bridge was originally built in 1867 and reconstructed on the existing foundations in 1939. The road over the bridge is called Mosquito Road. This single lane bridge is 148 ft long over the South Fork of the American River. Trailers are prohibited.
Tunduru bridge, Tanzania
Tunduru bridge is a scary wood made bridge located in the Ruvuma Region of Tanzania. The bridge is 24m long. It’s located along the road linking Mbesa and Tunduru towns.
Boner Bridge, USA
Located in Southern Indiana, in USA, Boner Bridge is 256ft long. Only 5 bridges like it are left in existence. This metal bridge, also known as Pyeatt's Mill Bridge, was built in 1869 by the King Bridge Company. The one-lane, iron bow, string-trussed bridge is traversed by the Boner Road. This bridge is listed as the oldest iron bridge in Indiana that remains in its original location.
Located in Linn County, Iowa, United States, the bridge on the Red Bridge Road is 102 ft long over the Buffalo Creek. The bridge is traversed by the gravel Red Bridge Road. It was built around 1900 and rehabilitated in 1988. The deck had numerous small holes and a handful of patches made from street signs. Driving across is a bit creepy.
Island Bridge, Mozambique
Mozambique Island Bridge is a historically significant concrete bridge linking the Mozambican mainland and "Ilha de Moçambique"(Mozambique Island). The bridge is 3,800 metres (12,500 ft) over the Indian Ocean. It’s a one lane bridge and was built in 1967.
Barranca river bridge, Costa Rica
Located in the province of Puntarenas in Costa Rica, the Barranca river bridge is 69.24 m long over the Barranca river. The bridge is wood and iron. The road over the bridge is called Carretera 742 and links San Jerónimo and Esparza.
Alam Bridge, Pakistan
Built with a combination of iron rods and wood over the Gilgit River, the Alam Bridge links Baltistan region to Gilgit and the rest of the country. It’s about 300 metres in length. This wooden, wire suspension bridge over the Gilgit River was built by Chinese and Pakistani engineers in 1978. In view of its dangers, regional authorities are deployed at the bridge to ensure vehicles don’t exceed the speed limit. In addition, trucks and other loaded vehicles weighing more than 20 tons are not allowed to pass.
Pirapo river bridge, Paraguay
The Pirapo river bridge is a wooden bridge located in the Caazapá department of Paraguay. The bridge over the Pirapo river is 110 m m long. The road to the bridge is the gravel Ruta 8.
Sher Qila bridge, Pakistan
Located in Ghizer valley, in Gilgit-Baltistan, northern Pakistan, the Sherqila Bridge is a wooden suspension bridge over the Gilgit River. It’s 430 ft long.
Dyreson Road Bridge, USA
Located in Dane County, Wisconsin, in USA, the Dyreson Road Bridge over the Yahara River is 127.3 ft long. The road over the bridge is called East Dyreson Road. The weight limit is 10 tons. This bridge, which is said to be haunted, was built in 1897, rehabilitated in 1983 and restored in 2015.
265th Street Bridge, USA
Located in Butler County, Iowa, in USA, the 265th Street Bridge is a parker pony truss bridge spanning the Freddeke Creek and was built in 1955. It’s 98 ft long on the gravel 265th Street. The weight limit is 33 Tons.
Chandana River Bridge, India
Located in the Indian state of Assam, the Chandana River Bridge is awooden bridge spanning the Chandana River. It’s 72 m long on a gravel road.
Buntun Bridge, Philippines
Located in the province of Cagayan in the Philippines, the Buntun Bridge is said that the bridge is long enough for a person to recite the entire Philippine National Anthem while walking here. The bridge spans the Cagayan River. It’s 1369 m long and it’s said to be the longest river bridge in the country. It was opened in 1947 and has been known as the gateway to the City of Tuguegarao. The bridge has never been flooded by the river but it almost did when typhoons Ondoy and Juan hit the city.
McKillops Bridge, Australia
Located in the Snowy River National Park, in Victoria, Australia, the iconic McKillops Bridge is a significant engineering feat at the time. The road spans the Snowy River and was built by the Country Roads Board between 1931-36. The deck is 255 metres long and stands high above the river. The road over the bridge is called McKillops Road (officially C611). It's said to be the most hazardous & dangerous road to drive on in the country. The bridge consists of welded-steel trusses seated on tall one-piece reinforced-concrete piers, supporting an elaborate timber stockbridge superstructure.
Pilcomayo bridge, Bolivia
Located in the Tarija Department in south-eastern Bolivia, the bridge over the Pilcomayo river, is located in the small town of Villamontes. It’s 441.03 m (1,446.94 ft) long. The bridge has a width of 4.33meters. It’s a railroad bridge, but can be used as a vehicular bridge.
Pannai Paalam, Sri Lanka
Pannai Bridge is a causeway road located in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. The bridge is 4.1km long. It’s part of the AB19 road and links Jaffna, in the mainland, and Mandativu (or Mandaitheevu) a small island off the coast in Jaffna Peninsula. The surface of the causeway road is asphalted. It’s being broadened currently. This bridge will be demolished and a new one is going to be built.
Ohau River bridge, New Zealand
Located in the Manawatu-Wanganui region of New Zealand's North Island, the wooden bridge over the Ohau River lies on the gravel Poads Road. It’s 28m long. Speed limit is 10km/h and the vehicle weigh limit is 2.000kg.
Bertrand Road Swing Bridge, New Zealand
Located in Taranaki, New Zealand, the Bertrand Road Swing Bridge is 67 m long. The bridge, over the Waitara River, is wooden. Max speed is 10km/h. Safe Maximum Weight Allowed: 2 vehicles & 20 persons at any time.
Old Durow Road Bridge, United States
Located in Iowa, United States, the Old Durow Road Bridge is 164 ft long over the Blue Creek. Built in the 1920s, the road over the bridge is called Durow Road.
San Luis Pass bridge, USA
Located at the south-western end of Galveston Island off the shores of the U.S. stateof Texas, the San Luis Pass bridge, also known as San Luis Pass-Vacek Toll Bridge, is 1.3 miles long and asphalted. The road over the bridge is called County Rd 257 (or Bluewater highway). Historically, San Luis Pass has been a popular "back entry" into Galveston Bay for smugglers and pirates. Expect fog and mist often. The bridge was built in 1970.
Jalan Binuang bridge, Indonesia
Located in West Sumatra, Indonesia, the Jalan Binuang bridge, the gate to the Ngarai Sianok area, is 45m long. It’s said to be haunted. After the 2007 earthquake, people believe that some villager are still buried in the collapsed 200ft cliff in the background, and their screams still echoing in the night.
Patapat Causeway Bridge, Philippines
Patapat Causeway Bridge is one of the most scenic and most photographed destinations in Ilocos Norte, in the Philippines. The viaduct is located on the northernmost tip of Luzon Island. The bridge connects the tip of Ilocos Norte to Cagayan Valley Region. It’s 1.3 km (1,400 yd) long and is elevated 31 m (102 ft) over the sea level. It was constructed to solve the problem of landslides in the area which have caused so many vehicular accidents in the past. Footed on the rocky seashore just several meters from the mountain side it gives drivers a spectacular view of Pasaleng Bay.
The William Preston Lane,Jr. Memorial Bridge is located in the U.S. state of Maryland spanning the Chesapeake Bay. It opened in 1952 and has taxed the nerves of more than a few motorists. Imposing with its dual-span 200-foot-high road deck and 22,790-foot length, the bridge becomes a a truly treacherous drive during storms. The Maryland Transportation Authority offers arrangements through private companies to help anxious motorists drive over the bridge for a fee. Drivers are notoriously afraid of this bridge, as it’s subjected to frequent—and often violent—storms. And when the bad weather hits, forget about visibility: get to the middle of this five-mile-long bridge and you can barely see land. The structure is regularly subject to violent storms and instills fear in thousands of Baltimore and Washington residents every time they cross it.
Located in Florida, this 7 miles long and 65 feet high bridge links Knight’s Key to Little Duck Key. It’s a 2-lane bridge causeway — one lane each way — . The bridge itself doesn’t seem that scary. But its position in the Florida Keys makes it a prime target for the region’s many hurricanes. In fact, the current bridge is the second iteration. The newer bridge scrapped the swing span concept of the original in lieu of a sturdier 65-foot-high arch to allow boats to pass by. While it may be sturdier, we still wouldn’t want to be on it during a storm. It’s quite a famous bridge having appeared in a lot of movies. For good reason too, it makes a spectacular landmark as it stretches out over the blue sea below.
Located in Virginia, this bridge is 23-mile (37 km) long. It opened in 1964 and links the Delmarva Peninsula with Virginia Beach and the Hampton Roads. Many people have a fear that when they drive over a bridge, they'll end up in the water. This engineering masterpiece makes sure you do that, if in a controlled and dry manner. Also: twenty-three friggin' miles. Half a century ago, 2,000 workers crossed 17 miles of water with concrete, steel and rock. Seven would die. The others lived to tell of ferocious storms and hard-charging men.
Antiguo Puente de Pailon, Bolivia
Located in the small town of Pailón in Bolivia, the old bridge is 1.4km long and was built in 1950’s. It was a rickety as hell one-lane bridge where trains had the right-of-way, over the Río Grande. Recently was replaced by a parallel new bridge and this one is not working anymore.
Bridges on Route Nationale 5, Madagascar
Route Nationale 5 is a challenging 4x4 track located in Madagascar with a length of 397km. This muddy track includes several worn-down bridges that drivers must inspect before crossing. Driving on this road you will be definitely rewarded by one of the most solitary and off the beaten track places of the whole country.
Puente del Rio Electrico, Argentina
Located within the Los Glaciares National Park in Santa Cruz Province, of Argentina, Puente del Rio Electrico is a short wood bridge located on the road Ruta Provincial23, near the Chilean border over the Electrico River. The bridge is 35m long.
Mulberry Bridge, USA
Mulberry Bridge is a 144 ft long bridge over the Elk River, in Lincoln County, Tennessee. The bridge was built in 1901. The road over the bridge is called Quarter Road. This bridge is not completely abandoned, but its use is restricted and is usually closed off to automobile use.
Sixaola-Guabito International Bridge, Costa Rica-Panama
Sixaola-Guabito International Bridge is a rickety old bridge with moving wooden planks located on the Costa Rica-Panama border. This old metallic and wooden bridge with one lane only is 64 m long and links Sixaola, Costa Rica and Guabito, Panama, over the Sixaola river. This former railroad bridge has been bypassed by a new bridge. This old bridge is just used by pedestrians.
Located in West Godavari district of the Indian state Andhra Pradesh, the fragile structure built with wooden logs called Kolleru Wood Bridge is 140m long over the Upputeru river. It’s traversed by the Alapadu-Kolletikota Road. Only 2 wheelers and cycles/pedestrians can ply on the bridge. Inundation of the bridge is inevitable with flood waters coming into Kolleru Lake in July and August months during the monsoon.
Tongobory Bridge, Madagascar
Located in the Atsimo-Andrefana Region of southwest Madagascar, the Tongobory Bridge is 150 m long, over the Onilahy River in the Tongobory town. The road over the bridge is called Route 10, a road linking Ambovombe-Androy and Andranovory.
Chihumbue Bridge, Angola
Located on Lunda Norte in Angola, the bridge over the Chihumbue river is made with iron planks. The bridge is 43.54 m long and lies on the gravel road towards Dundo mining town.
Coopers Creek Bridge, Australia
Coopers Creek Bridge is a concrete bridge located in Central West Queensland, Australia. The bridge is 98.99m long and is traversed by the gravel Diamantina Developmental Road.
Silver River bridge, Canada
The Silver River bridge is located in Digby County in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. It’s a wooden bridge over the Silver River. It’s 12m long. The road over the bridge is the gravel Langford Road.
Kyzyl-suu river bridge, Kyrgyzstan
Kyzyl-suu river bridge is an iron bridge located in the Osh Region of Kyrgyzstan. This iron bridge over the Kyzyl-suu river is 41.46 m long.
Witches bridge, USA
Located in Christian County, Illinois, in USA, the Witches bridge over the Bear Creek is 104.0ft long. The road over the bridge is called E 990 North Rd. This bridge, which is said to be haunted, was built in 1916.
The historic Costilla Crossing Bridge spanning the Rio Grande is a thacher type truss bridge located in a remote area between Conejos and Costilla counties, in southern Colorado, USA. This double span truss bridge over the Rio Grande was built in 1892 by Joseph F. Thomas (Wrought Iron Bridge Co.) and rehabilitated in 2006. The bridge is in excellent condition and is open to one-lane traffic. This outstanding state bridge in southern Colorado is 313.9 ft long. It’s also known as the Lobato Bridge and it’s the southernmost bridge over the Rio Grande River in Colorado. It sits on County Road G between Antonito and Jaroso. It’s the oldest vehicular truss bridge in southern Colorado.
200th Street Bridge, USA
Located in Iowa, in USA, the 200th Street Bridge is a pony truss bridge spanning the North Fork Long Creek. It was built in 1929 and it’s 49 ft long on the gravel 200th Street. The weight limit is 8 Tons.
Magapit Bridge, Philippines
Located in the province of Cagayan in the Philippines, the Magapit Bridge spans the Cagayan River. This suspension bridge, known locally as the “Golden Gate of Cagayan, is 449m long and was opened in 1978.
Bridges in Congo
Located in Central Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is an enormous country with some of the world’s scariest bridges. The roads in this massive rain-forested country turn to mud whenever it rains and the few roads are often in poor condition. At the same time, old bridges have deteriorated and have become impassable, isolating many communities in the country.
Millau Viaduct is the tallest bridge in the world. It’s located in southern France and crosses the River Tarn in the Massif Central mountains. Its mast summit is at 343.0 metres (1,125 ft) above the base of the structure. The bridge it was inaugurated on 17 December 2004. The bridge is part of the A75-A71 autoroute from Paris to Béziers and Montpellier. This is not a route for cars towing heavy caravans, as there are several long and steep climbs and descents. It can get quickly blocked in winter, in the event of sudden heavy snowfalls which are not uncommon on the high ground.
Eshima Ohashi Bridge, Japan
Located in Western Japan, the Eshima Ohashi Bridge looks more like a roller coaster than a road. It links the the city of Matsue in Shimane Prefecture to Sakaiminato in Tottori Prefecture and is basically a highway to outer space, a shortcut to vomiting from nausea, making driving over this thing one seriously thrilling car ride. The bridge is a two-lane concrete road. It rises so sharply it gives the bravest drivers the fear, featuring a ridiculously steep slope that allows ships to pass underneath it.
Khurgan and Khoton Lakes Bridge, Mongolia
Located in the northern part of the Altai mountain range, near the Chinese border, in Bayan-Ölgii, the westernmost of the provinces of Mongolia, the bridge over the Khurgan and Khoton Lakes is a short wooden bridge. Impassable for 2 cars at the same time, this 100m bridge tests the skill, and courage, of any driver. The bridge spans the Khurgan and Khoton Lakes, at an elevation of more than 2.000m.
Bridges on BR-319, Brazil
BR-319 is a Brazilian highway with a total length of 857 km, linking the cities of Manaus and Porto Velho on the Região Norte do Brasil. This muddy track includes several worn-down bridges that drivers must inspect before crossing.
Old Iron Bridge, Indonesia
Located in West Sumatra province, this is an old iron bridge built in 1910. The bridge is 70m long. It’s heavily used by people, cars, motorcycles, cows...
Puente Río Moat, Argentina
Located in the southernmost tip of South America, the bridge over the Moat River is 42m long. The bridge is traversed by the scenic Ruta Provincial J, a 90km long gravel journey.
Drake Bay bridge, Costa Rica
Located on the Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas Province, in Costa Rica the bridge over the Progreso river lies in the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve and is located on the way from Drake Bay Airport to Drake Bay. The bridge is simply terrible.
Located in Macoupin County, Illinois, United States, the wooden plank Lake Catatoga Road Bridge is 22 m long and very narrow. The limit is 3 tons. The bridge is traversed by the Lake Catatoga Road.
Sangwali Bridge, Namibia
The Sangwali Bridge is located in the Mamili National Park in the north-eastern corner of the Zambezi Region in Northern Namibia. The bridge is wood made and is 138m long. It can be washed out anytime. Extremely dangerous. The bridge is located on the gravel road to the Mamili National Park.
Jaargalant wooden bridge, Mongolia
Located in the Khövsgöl Province of Mongolia, the Jaargalant wooden bridge is 128.18m long over the Ider river. The gravel road over the bridge links Shine-Ider and Jargalant.
Danyore Suspension Bridge, Pakistan
Located in Gilgit-Baltistan, in Northern Areas of Pakistan, the Danyore Suspension Bridge is a 510-feet-long bridge connected to a 10-metre curve tunnel. Dubbed as “Pul-e-Sirat” (the bridge between heaven and hell),the bridge connects Gilgit to Danyore across the River Hunza and was constructed in mid-sixties. Currently the bridge is closed for vehicles and only pedestrians are allowed to pass through after being declared unsafe by the district administration. Locals say the journey is a test of a driver’s skill and nerve and add that an abrupt stop can leave a vehicle stranded on the middle of the stream, “which is a quite a frightening situation”.
Puente Nininco, Chile
Puente Nininco is a wooden bridge located in the Araucanía Region of southern Chile. The bridge over the Estero Nininco river is 6m long. The weight limit in this wooden bridge is 15Tn. The road over the bridge is the gravel R-264.
Puente Mata de Plátanos, Puerto Rico
Mata de Plátanos Bridge is an iron bridge located near Ciales, in Central Puerto Rico. This iron bridge, also known as Bridge #321 or Puente Juan José Jiménez, is 130 m long. It was built in 1905 by Luis Ninlliat. The road to the bridge is the asphalted Carretera 6685 road. It’s one lane.
Located in Carter County, Kentucky, in USA, this pratt through truss bridge over the Little Sandy River is open to traffic. It’s 161.1 ft long and the road over the bridge is called Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. The road was built in 1873 as a railroad bridge, but then was converted to use as a vehicular bridge following railroad abandonment.
Red River Bridge, USA
Located on the Oklahoma and Texas border, in USA, the Red River Bridge is a wooden bridge spanning the Red River and it’s 0.3 miles long on the Hollis Road. The weight limit of this one lane bridge is 3 Tons.
Zilwaukee Bridge, USA
Located in in Zilwaukee, Michigan, in USA, the Zilwaukee Bridge is a high-level, segmental concrete bridge spanning the Saginaw River. It’s said to be the perfect example on how not to build a bridge. The bridge was opened in 1987 and is 8,000 feet (2440 m) long and 125 feet (38 m) at its highest point.The construction of the structure was plagued with difficulties. The surface of the bridge can be icy in winters.
Lions Gate Bridge, Canada
Located in the British Columbia of Canada, the First Narrows Bridge is often used in television broadcasts, series and movies. It was featured as the set of 2011 film Final Destination 5 (2011). This suspension bridge, known as Lions Gate Bridge, is 1,823 metres (5,890 feet) long and was opened in 1938. It’s the longest suspension bridge in Western Canada.
Puente del Rio San Pablo, Argentina
Located in the Tierra del Fuego Province, in Argentina, the southernmost extreme of the Americas, the bridge over the San Pablo River is 42m long and is traversed by the scenic Ruta Provincial A. It’s a wooden bridge. It’s highly recommended to hire a 4x4 vehicle in order to minimize your chances of a mishap, and maximize your comfort levels. The zone has a semi-arid climate so expect unpredictable changes in weather throughout the year, plus high winds.
Puente El Zacatal, Mexico
Located southwest of Ciudad del Carmen, in the state of Campeche in Mexico, the Zacatal Bridge connects the Atasta peninsula and the Isla del Carmen. The bridge was constructed in 1994. It’s 3,861 metres (12,667 ft) long. The road over the bridge is called Federal Highway 180.
Deep Creek Bridge, USA
Located in southwestern Fulton County, Georgia, in USA, the Deep Creek Bridge was built in 1940. The road over the wooden bridge is called Cochran Road. The bridge is 38.7 ft. [11.8 m] long and the weight limit is 15 Tn.
The Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, nicknamed as the Hoover Dam Bypass, is an arch bridge that spans the Colorado River. Stay away if you're scared of heights. At 880 feet over the Colorado River, it is the second-highest bridge in the United States and the highest concrete-arch bridge anywhere. The bridge, located between the states of Arizona and Nevada is 579 m long and was opened in 2010.
Shire River Road Rail Bridge, Malawi
Located in the Southern Region of Malawi, the Road Rail Bridge over the Shire River is 210 m long. It was built as a rail bridge but the rail is not used since the civil war. The bridge can be closed anytime due the floods. It’s part of the S151 road.
Located in the northwestern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia, in United States, the Shenandoah River Low Bridge is a nightmare for people suffering Gephyrophobia (fear of bridges). This one lane low water bridge is 97.16 m (318.75 ft) long across the Shenandoah River. It’s a piece of concrete over the river more than a bridge. It can be flooded anytime.
Bridge to Nowhere, USA
Hidden deep in the San Gabriel Mountains, in California, USA, the Bridge to Nowhere is 180 ft long over the San Gabriel . It was meant to be part of a road connecting the San Gabriel Valley with Wrightwood which would be one of the most scenic roads in America. Unfortunately, these thoughts quickly changed when the East Fork Road, which provided access to the bridge, was washed out during a massive flood in 1938, just two years after the bridge’s completion. The abandoned bridge was built in 1936. Despite its popularity, the trail frequently gets washed out and can be very dangerous. Parts of the old asphalt roadway can still be found. Crossing the river to and from the Bridge to Nowhere can be dangerous and even individuals crossing in groups have experienced fatalities.
Located in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge connects the National Highway (NH 49) with Rameswaram on Pamban Island. The bridge is 2.345km long. The road over the bridge is asphalted and is also known as the Pamban Bridge. It is the longest bridge in southern India. It took close to 14 years to be completed. The bridge is located in the world's second most corrosive environment after Florida, making its maintenance a challenging job. The location is also a cyclone-prone high wind velocity zone. The construction of this bridge has left many engineers wondering as it stands tall and strong even today. The ships too can pass under the bridge and hence it is most convenient means of commutation.
Puente Mal Paso, Argentina
Puente Mal Paso is a mountain bridge located in the province of Salta in Argentina. The bridge over the Escoipe river is 40m long. It’s located on the asphalted RP33 road.
Paso Internacional Río Encuentro, Argentina-Chile
Paso Internacional Río Encuentro is an international bridge located on the Argentinian-Chilean border. The bridge over the Encuentro river is located between the towns of Corcovado (Argentina) and Palena (Chile). It’s 30m long. On the Argentinian side, the road to the bridge is called RP44. It’s gravel. On the Chilean side the road is asphalted. It’s called Ruta 235.