Located in Western Japan, the Eshima Ohashi Bridge looks more like a roller coaster than a road. It links 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. It's one of the most spectacular bridges in the world.
The bridge has an insanely steep and terrifying slope that’s tall enough to let ships pass underneath it with ease. It is a stretch of road that has freaked out even the most confident drivers as it looks like an insane roller coaster. Cars gradually ascend, making it less scary for drivers than the bridge appears when photos are taken from a straight-on angle. It's been nicknamed the Rollercoaster Bridge because of its super steep slope and appearance of being a bridge to the sky.
When was the Eshima Ohashi bridge built?
It was built from 1997 to 2004. Architects made sure ships could still pass under it, which explains why it’s so tall. It’s said to be the steepest bridge in the world. It was introduced in a tv commercial for popular car brand Daihatsu. It’s the third-largest bridge of its type in the world, and the largest rigid frame bridge in Japan.
Why is the Eshima Ohashi bridge so steep?
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. The concrete road spans a mile and sends drivers straight into the sky and suddenly drop off. It’s pretty steep, with a gradient of 5.1 percent on the Tottori Prefecture side and 6.1 percent on the Shimane Prefecture side.
How tall is the Eshima Ohashi Bridge?
The bridge is 1.44 km long with a width of 11.3 meters. It’s 44.7 meters tall and its longest span is 250 meters. It is the largest rigid frame bridge in Japan. If you look straight onto the bridge, the ridiculously steep incline makes it look more like a roller coaster than a road for cars to drive on.
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