List of longest suspension bridge spans

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The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge has the longest central span of any suspension bridge

The world's longest suspension bridges are listed according to the length of their main span (i.e. the length of suspended roadway between the bridge's towers). The length of main span is the most common method of comparing the sizes of suspension bridges, often correlating with the height of the towers and the engineering complexity involved in designing and constructing the bridge.

Suspension bridges have the longest spans of any type of bridge. Cable-stayed bridges, the next longest design, are practical for spans up to just over 1 km. Therefore the 17 longest bridges on this list are all currently the 17 longest spans of all types of vehicular bridges (other than floating pontoon bridges).

Completed suspension bridges[edit]

This list includes only completed suspension bridges that carry automobiles or trains. It does not include cable-stayed bridges, footbridges, or pipeline bridges.

   RankNameMain
span
metres
Main
span
feet
Year openedLocationCountry
Akashi bridge.jpg1Akashi Kaikyō Bridge
(The longest since 1998)
1,9916,5321998Kobe - Awaji Island (Hyōgo)
34°37′1.3″N 135°1′18.9″E / 34.617028°N 135.021917°E / 34.617028; 135.021917 (Akashi Kaikyō Bridge)
 Japan[1]
Xihoumen Bridge.JPG2Xihoumen Bridge1,6505,4132009Zhoushan (Zhejiang)
30°3′42.4″N 121°54′57.6″E / 30.061778°N 121.916000°E / 30.061778; 121.916000 (Xihoumen Bridge)
 China[2]
Storebæltsbroen-2.jpg3Great Belt Bridge1,6245,3281998Korsør - Sprogø (Region Zealand)
55°20′31″N 11°2′9.3″E / 55.34194°N 11.035917°E / 55.34194; 11.035917 (Great Belt Bridge)
 Denmark[3]
Yi Sun-sin Bridge in construction1.jpg4Yi Sun-sin Bridge1,5455,0692012Gwangyang - Yeosu (South Jeolla Province)
34°54′21.4″N 127°42′18.1″E / 34.905944°N 127.705028°E / 34.905944; 127.705028 (Yi Sun-sin Bridge)
 South Korea[4]
Bushes in Runyang Bridge Park.JPG5Runyang Bridge1,4904,8882005Yangzhou - Zhenjiang (Jiangsu)
32°12′24.6″N 119°21′49.9″E / 32.206833°N 119.363861°E / 32.206833; 119.363861 (Runyang Bridge)
 China[5]
Fourth Nanjing Yangtze Bridge.JPG6Nanjing Fourth Yangtze Bridge1,4184,6522012Nanjing (Jiangsu)
32°10′39.9″N 118°56′24.5″E / 32.177750°N 118.940139°E / 32.177750; 118.940139 (Nanjing Fourth Yangtze Bridge)
 China[6]
Humber Bridge2.png7Humber Bridge1,4104,6261981Hessle - Barton-upon-Humber (Yorkshire and the Humber)
53°42′28.7″N 0°27′0.3″W / 53.707972°N 0.450083°W / 53.707972; -0.450083 (Humber Bridge)
 United Kingdom[7]
Jiangyin Bridge.jpg8Jiangyin Bridge1,3854,5441999Jiangyin - Jingjiang (Jiangsu)
31°56′43.1″N 120°16′10″E / 31.945306°N 120.26944°E / 31.945306; 120.26944 (Jiangyin Suspension Bridge)
 China[8]
Bridge of Hong Kong harbor.jpg9Tsing Ma Bridge1,3774,5181997Tsing Yi - Ma Wan
22°21′4.8″N 114°4′25.6″E / 22.351333°N 114.073778°E / 22.351333; 114.073778 (Tsing Ma Bridge)
 Hong Kong[9]
Hardangerbrua-August-2013.JPG10Hardanger Bridge1,3104,2982013Vallavik - Bu (Hordaland)
60°28′42.9″N 6°49′47.2″E / 60.478583°N 6.829778°E / 60.478583; 6.829778 (Hardanger Bridge)
 Norway[10]
Verrazano Bridge2.jpg11Verrazano–Narrows Bridge1,2984,2601964New York City (New York)
40°36′23″N 74°2′43.2″W / 40.60639°N 74.045333°W / 40.60639; -74.045333 (Verrazano-Narrows Bridge)
 United States[11]
Golden gate2.jpg12Golden Gate Bridge1,2804,2001937San Francisco - Marin County (California)
37°49′9.5″N 122°28′43.9″W / 37.819306°N 122.478861°W / 37.819306; -122.478861 (Golden Gate Bridge)
 United States[12]
Yangluo Yangtze River Bridge.JPG13Yangluo Bridge1,2804,1992007Wuhan (Hubei)
30°38′12.9″N 114°33′17.8″E / 30.636917°N 114.554944°E / 30.636917; 114.554944 (Yangluo Bridge)
 China[13]
Högakustenbron-2-edit.jpg14Höga Kusten Bridge1,2103,9701997Utansjö (Västernorrland County)
62°47′53″N 17°56′15″E / 62.79806°N 17.93750°E / 62.79806; 17.93750 (Höga Kusten Bridge)
 Sweden[14]
Aizhai Bridge-2.jpg15Aizhai Bridge1,1763,8582012Jishou (Hunan)
28°19′54.1″N 109°35′53.2″E / 28.331694°N 109.598111°E / 28.331694; 109.598111 (Aizhai Bridge)
 China[15]
Mackinac Bridge-3.jpg16Mackinac Bridge1,1583,7991957Mackinaw City - St. Ignace (Michigan)
45°48′56″N 84°43′40.6″W / 45.81556°N 84.727944°W / 45.81556; -84.727944 (Mackinac Bridge)
 United States[16]
Huangpu bridge-edit.jpg17Huangpu Bridge1,1083,6352008Guangzhou (Guangdong)
23°4′17.1″N 113°28′33.9″E / 23.071417°N 113.476083°E / 23.071417; 113.476083 (Huangpu Bridge)
 China[17]
GreatSetoBridge2-edit.jpg18Minami Bisan-Seto Bridge1,1003,6091989Sakaide - Shiwaku Islands (Kagawa)
34°21′50″N 133°49′30.7″E / 34.36389°N 133.825194°E / 34.36389; 133.825194 (Minami Bisan-Seto Bridge)
 Japan[18]
IMO 9544891 Abis Belfast (01).jpg19Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge1,0903,5761988Istanbul (Istanbul Province)
41°5′28″N 29°3′40″E / 41.09111°N 29.06111°E / 41.09111; 29.06111 (Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge)
 Turkey[19]
Balinghe Bridge-2.jpg20Balinghe Bridge1,0883,5702009Guanling Buyei and Miao Autonomous County (Guizhou)
25°57′40″N 105°37′46″E / 25.96111°N 105.62944°E / 25.96111; 105.62944 (Balinghe Bridge)
 China[20]
Taizhou Yangtze River Bridge.JPG21Taizhou Bridge1,080 (x2)3,543 (x2)2012Taizhou (Jiangsu)
32°14′47.8″N 119°52′36.1″E / 32.246611°N 119.876694°E / 32.246611; 119.876694 (Taizhou Bridge)
 China[21]
Ma'anshan Yangtze River Bridge.JPG21Ma'anshan Bridge1,080 (x2)3,543 (x2)2013Ma'anshan (Anhui)
31°36′36.4″N 118°23′31.4″E / 31.610111°N 118.392056°E / 31.610111; 118.392056 (Ma'anshan Bridge)
 China[22]
Bosphorus Bridge-3.jpg23First Bosphorus Bridge1,0743,5241973Istanbul (Istanbul Province)
41°2′42″N 29°2′2″E / 41.04500°N 29.03389°E / 41.04500; 29.03389 (Bosphorus Bridge)
 Turkey[23]
George Washington Bridge from New Jersey-edit.jpg24George Washington Bridge1,0673,5011931New York City (New York) - Fort Lee (New Jersey)
40°51′6.2″N 73°57′9.8″W / 40.851722°N 73.952722°W / 40.851722; -73.952722 (George Washington Bridge)
 United States[24]
Kurushimakaikyou ohashi.jpg25Third Kurushima-Kaikyō Bridge1,0303,3791999Imabari - Umashima Island (Ehime)
34°6′54.9″N 132°59′3.6″E / 34.115250°N 132.984333°E / 34.115250; 132.984333 (Third Kurushima-Kaikyō Bridgeo)
 Japan[25]
Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge-1.jpg26Second Kurushima-Kaikyō Bridge1,0203,3461999Umashima Island - Ōshima (Ehime)
34°7′16″N 133°0′0.7″E / 34.12111°N 133.000194°E / 34.12111; 133.000194 (Second Kurushima-Kaikyō Bridge)
 Japan[25]
25th April Bridge and boat-2.JPG2725 de Abril Bridge1,0133,3231966Lisbon - Almada (Lisboa Region)
38°41′23.5″N 9°10′37.8″W / 38.689861°N 9.177167°W / 38.689861; -9.177167 (25 de Abril Bridge)
 Portugal[26]
Forth Road Bridge-2.jpg28Forth Road Bridge1,0063,3011964South Queensferry - North Queensferry (Fife)
56°0′5.4″N 3°24′15.1″W / 56.001500°N 3.404194°W / 56.001500; -3.404194 (Forth Road Bridge)
 United Kingdom[27]
Kita Bisan-Seto Bridge-3.jpg29Kita Bisan-Seto Bridge9903,2481988Sakaide - Shiwaku Islands (Kagawa)
34°22′42.4″N 133°49′13.2″E / 34.378444°N 133.820333°E / 34.378444; 133.820333 (Kita Bisan-Seto Bridge)
 Japan[18]
Severn Bridge near to Beachley-cropped.jpg30Severn Bridge9883,2411966Bristol (South Gloucestershire) - Chepstow (Monmouthshire)
51°36′36.2″N 2°38′26.4″W / 51.610056°N 2.640667°W / 51.610056; -2.640667 (Severn Bridge)
 United Kingdom[28]
Yichang Yangtze Highway Bridge.JPG31Yichang Bridge9603,1502001Yichang (Hubei)
30°34′10.5″N 111°23′29.5″E / 30.569583°N 111.391528°E / 30.569583; 111.391528 (Yichang Bridge)
 China[29]
Shimotsui-Seto Bridge who saw from Okayama Prefecture.JPG32Shimotsui-Seto Bridge9403,0841988Kojima - Shiwaku Islands (Okayama)
34°25′52.4″N 133°48′23.2″E / 34.431222°N 133.806444°E / 34.431222; 133.806444 (Shimotsui-Seto Bridge)
 Japan[18]
Xiling Yangtze River Bridge.JPG33Xiling Bridge9002,9531996Sandouping (Hubei)
30°49′42.5″N 111°2′48″E / 30.828472°N 111.04667°E / 30.828472; 111.04667 (Xiling Bridge)
 China[30]
Siduhe Bridge-1.jpg33Si Du River Bridge9002,9532009Yesanguan (Hubei)
30°37′16.1″N 110°23′43.1″E / 30.621139°N 110.395306°E / 30.621139; 110.395306 (Si Du River Bridge)
 China[31]
Humen Bridge-edit.jpg35Humen Pearl River Bridge8882,9131997Dongguan (Guangdong)
22°47′49.5″N 113°36′57.2″E / 22.797083°N 113.615889°E / 22.797083; 113.615889 (Humen Pearl River Bridge)
 China[32]
Big Naruto Bridge05n3872edit.jpg36Ōnaruto Bridge8762,8741985Naruto (Tokushima) - Awaji Island (Hyōgo)
34°14′19.5″N 134°39′1.1″E / 34.238750°N 134.650306°E / 34.238750; 134.650306 (Ōnaruto Bridge)
 Japan[33]
Linked photo37Lishui River Bridge8562,8082013Zhangjiajie (Hunan)
29°05′55″N 110°14′48″E / 29.09861°N 110.24667°E / 29.09861; 110.24667 (Lishui River Bridge)
 China[34][35]
Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Spring-Summer 1967.jpg38First Tacoma Narrows Bridge
(westbound)
8532,7991950Tacoma (Washington)
47°16′5.6″N 122°33′0.7″W / 47.268222°N 122.550194°W / 47.268222; -122.550194 (Tacoma Narrows Bridge (1950))
 United States[36]
Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Seattle to Portland by train2.jpg38Second Tacoma Narrows Bridge
(eastbound)
8532,7992007Tacoma (Washington)
47°16′4.4″N 122°33′2.8″W / 47.267889°N 122.550778°W / 47.267889; -122.550778 (Tacoma Narrows Bridge (2007))
 United States[36]
Askøy bridge.jpg40Askøy Bridge8502,7891992Bergen - Askøy (Hordaland)
60°23′43.6″N 5°12′54.8″E / 60.395444°N 5.215222°E / 60.395444; 5.215222 (Askøy Bridge)
 Norway[37]
Nanxi Yangtze River Bridge.JPG41Nanxi Bridge8202,6902012Nanxi District (Sichuan)
28°47′1.3″N 104°56′44.5″E / 28.783694°N 104.945694°E / 28.783694; 104.945694 (Nanxi Bridge)
 China[38]
Qincaobei Yangtze River Bridge.JPG42Qincaobei Bridge7882,5852013Lidu (Chongqing)
29°42′51.5″N 107°16′52.7″E / 29.714306°N 107.281306°E / 29.714306; 107.281306 (Qincaobei Bridge)
 China[39][40]
Innoshima Bridge-2.JPG43Innoshima Bridge7702,5261983Innoshima - Mukaishima (Hiroshima)
34°21′25.7″N 133°10′49.5″E / 34.357139°N 133.180417°E / 34.357139; 133.180417 (Innoshima Bridge)
 Japan[41]
Akinada Bridge 319865 2.jpg44Akinada Bridge7502,4612000Kure - Shimokamagari (Hiroshima)
34°12′22.4″N 132°40′45.8″E / 34.206222°N 132.679389°E / 34.206222; 132.679389 (Akinada Bridge)
 Japan[42]
Semipalatinsk Bridge small.jpg44Semipalatinsk Bridge7502,4612000Semey (East Kazakhstan Province)
50°24′35″N 80°13′28″E / 50.40972°N 80.22444°E / 50.40972; 80.22444 (Semipalatinsk Bridge)
 Kazakhstan[43]
Alfred zampa memorial bridge.jpg46New Carquinez Bridge7282,3882003Vallejo - Crockett
(California)
38°3′39.7″N 122°13′35.5″W / 38.061028°N 122.226528°W / 38.061028; -122.226528 (New Carquinez Bridge)
 United States[44]
Hakucho Bridge 9086532 2.jpg47Hakucho Bridge7202,3621998Muroran (Hokkaido)
42°21′10.4″N 140°57′1.2″E / 42.352889°N 140.950333°E / 42.352889; 140.950333 (Hakucho Bridge)
 Japan[45]
PuenteOrinoco.jpg48Angostura Bridge7122,3361967Ciudad Bolívar (Bolívar)
8°8′39.9″N 63°35′53.2″W / 8.144417°N 63.598111°W / 8.144417; -63.598111 (Angostura Bridge)
 Venezuela[46]
KANMONKYO Bridge.jpg48Kanmonkyo Bridge7122,3361973Kitakyushu (Fukuoka) - Shimonoseki (Yamaguchi)
33°57′42.2″N 130°57′31.3″E / 33.961722°N 130.958694°E / 33.961722; 130.958694 (Kanmonkyo Bridge)
 Japan[47]
Bay bridge views2.jpg50San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge
(east half of West span)
7042,3101936San Francisco - Yerba Buena Island (California)
37°48′12.2″N 122°22′18.9″W / 37.803389°N 122.371917°W / 37.803389; -122.371917 (San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge (east half of West span))
 United States[48]
San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge-2.jpg50San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge
(west half of West span)
7042,3101936San Francisco - Yerba Buena Island (California)
37°47′35.4″N 122°22′59″W / 37.793167°N 122.38306°W / 37.793167; -122.38306 (San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge (west half of West span))
 United States[48]
Bronx Whitestone Bridge 2.jpg52Bronx-Whitestone Bridge7012,3001939New York City (New York)
40°48′6.7″N 73°49′47.2″W / 40.801861°N 73.829778°W / 40.801861; -73.829778 (Bronx-Whitestone Bridge)
 United States[49]
Stord Bridge (Stordabruo)-edit.jpg53Stord Bridge6772,2212001Stord - Føyno (Hordaland)
59°44′53″N 5°24′10.6″E / 59.74806°N 5.402944°E / 59.74806; 5.402944 (Stord Bridge)
 Norway[50]
Pont Pierre-Laporte de Québec.jpg54Pierre Laporte Bridge6682,1921969Quebec City (Quebec)
46°44′42.8″N 71°17′25.7″W / 46.745222°N 71.290472°W / 46.745222; -71.290472 (Pierre Laporte Bridge)
 Canada[51]
Leaving Philadelphia.jpg55Delaware Memorial Bridge
(northbound)
65621521951New Castle (Delaware) - Deepwater (New Jersey)
39°41′20.3″N 75°31′5″W / 39.688972°N 75.51806°W / 39.688972; -75.51806 (Delaware Memorial Bridge (northbound))
 United States[52]
Delaware Memorial Bridge From NJ Side.jpg55Delaware Memorial Bridge
(southbound)
6562,1521968New Castle (Delaware) - Deepwater (New Jersey)
39°41′18.2″N 75°31′6.2″W / 39.688389°N 75.518389°W / 39.688389; -75.518389 (Delaware Memorial Bridge (southbound))
 United States[52]
Haicang Bridge cropped.jpg57Haicang Bridge6482,1261999Xiamen (Fujian)
24°29′50.2″N 118°4′7.2″E / 24.497278°N 118.068667°E / 24.497278; 118.068667 (Haicang Bridge)
 China[53]
Beipanjiang Highway Suspension Bridge-1.jpg58Beipanjiang River 2009 Bridge6362,0872009Qinglong County (Guizhou)
25°53′58.1″N 105°19′25″E / 25.899472°N 105.32361°E / 25.899472; 105.32361 (Beipanjiang River 2009 Bridge)
 China[54]
Gjemnessundbrua 02.jpg59Gjemnessund Bridge6232,0441992Gjemnes - Bergsøya (Møre og Romsdal)
62°58′17″N 7°46′47″E / 62.97139°N 7.77972°E / 62.97139; 7.77972 (Gjemnessund Bridge)
 Norway[55]
Yuzui Yangtze River Bridge.JPG60Yuzui Yangtze Bridge6162,0212009Yuzuizhen (Chongqing)
29°36′40.7″N 106°46′21.2″E / 29.611306°N 106.772556°E / 29.611306; 106.772556 (Yuzui Yangtze Bridge)
 China[56]
Walt Whitman Bridge-2.jpg61Walt Whitman Bridge6102,0011957Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) - Gloucester City (New Jersey)
39°54′18.7″N 75°7′46.1″W / 39.905194°N 75.129472°W / 39.905194; -75.129472 (Walt Whitman Bridge)
 United States[57]
France pont TANCARVILLE 01.jpg62Tancarville Bridge6081,9951959Tancarville (Seine-Maritime) - Marais-Vernier (Eure)
49°28′21.6″N 0°27′52.8″E / 49.472667°N 0.464667°E / 49.472667; 0.464667 (Tancarville Bridge)
 France[58]
Lillebælt, Denmark, Lillebæltsbroen.jpg63New Little Belt Bridge6001,9691970Middelfart - Fredericia (Region of Southern Denmark)
55°31′7.1″N 9°44′56.9″E / 55.518639°N 9.749139°E / 55.518639; 9.749139 (New Little Belt Bridge)
 Denmark[59]
Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge-2edit.jpg63First Kurushima-Kaikyō Bridge6001,9691999Umashima Island - Ōshima (Ehime)
34°7′32.9″N 133°0′45.1″E / 34.125806°N 133.012528°E / 34.125806; 133.012528 (First Kurushima-Kaikyō Bridge)
 Japan[25]
E'gongyan Bridge-1.jpg63E'gongyan Bridge6001,9692000Chongqing
29°31′23.9″N 106°31′41.7″E / 29.523306°N 106.528250°E / 29.523306; 106.528250 (E'gongyan Bridge)
 China[60]
Osterøybrua 2.jpg66Osterøy Bridge5951,9521997Bergen - Osterøy (Hordaland)
60°25′33.4″N 5°32′9.5″E / 60.425944°N 5.535972°E / 60.425944; 5.535972 (Osterøy Bridge)
 Norway[61]
Second Wanzhou Yangtze Bridge.JPG67Second Wanxian Bridge5801,9032003Wanzhou District (Chongqing)
30°49′33.2″N 108°24′17.2″E / 30.825889°N 108.404778°E / 30.825889; 108.404778 (Second Wanxian Bridge)
 China[62]
Indre Bømlafjorden-2.jpg68Bømla Bridge5771,8932001Nautøy - Spissøy (Hordaland)
59°44′13.5″N 5°22′37.2″E / 59.737083°N 5.377000°E / 59.737083; 5.377000 (Bømla Bridge)
 Norway[50]
IMG 1614 rainbow bridge Tokyo-2.JPG69Rainbow Bridge (Tokyo)5701,8701993Tokyo
35°38′11.6″N 139°45′47.4″E / 35.636556°N 139.763167°E / 35.636556; 139.763167 (Rainbow Bridge (Tokyo))
 Japan[63]
Ambassador Bridge, Windsor2.jpg70Ambassador Bridge5641,8501929Detroit (Michigan) - Windsor (Ontario)
42°18′43.2″N 83°4′27.2″W / 42.312000°N 83.074222°W / 42.312000; -83.074222 (Ambassador Bridge)
 United States
 Canada
[64]
The Hakata Bridge comes into view2.jpg71Hakata-Ōshima Bridge5601,8371988Ōshima - Hakatajima (Ehime)
34°11′32.2″N 133°4′20.2″E / 34.192278°N 133.072278°E / 34.192278; 133.072278 (Hakata-Ōshima Bridge)
 Japan[65]
Zhong County Yangtze River Bridge.JPG71Zhongxian Yangtze River Bridge5601,8372001Zhong County (Chongqing)
30°18′6.6″N 108°2′56.8″E / 30.301833°N 108.049111°E / 30.301833; 108.049111 (Zhongxian Yangtze River Bridge)
 China[66]
Throggs Neck Bridge, NYC - 2001-edit.jpg73Throgs Neck Bridge5491,8011961New York City (New York)
40°48′0.9″N 73°47′36″W / 40.800250°N 73.79333°W / 40.800250; -73.79333 (Throgs Neck Bridge)
 United States[67]
豊島大橋とrosso2.jpg74Toyoshima Bridge5401,7722008Teshima Island - Kami-Kamagari Island (Hiroshima)
34°10′35.1″N 132°46′6.9″E / 34.176417°N 132.768583°E / 34.176417; 132.768583 (Toyoshima Bridge)
 Japan[68]
xLiujiaxia Bridge5381,7592012Liujiaxiazhen (Gansu)
 China[69][70]
Ben Franklin Br.jpg75Benjamin Franklin Bridge533.71,7511926Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) - Camden (New Jersey)
39°57′10.5″N 75°8′3.3″W / 39.952917°N 75.134250°W / 39.952917; -75.134250 (Benjamin Franklin Bridge)
 United States[71]
Skjombrua-2.jpg76Skjomen Bridge5251,7221972Narvik (Nordland)
68°22′15.4″N 17°14′27.5″E / 68.370944°N 17.240972°E / 68.370944; 17.240972 (Skjomen Bridge)
 Norway[72]
Kvalsund Bridge-2.jpg76Kvalsund Bridge5251,7221977Kvalsund (Finnmark)
70°30′45.3″N 23°57′5.6″E / 70.512583°N 23.951556°E / 70.512583; 23.951556 (Kvalsund Bridge)
 Norway[73]
Dale Panorama2.jpg78Dalsfjord Bridge (no)5231,7162013Dale - Askvoll (Sogn og Fjordane)
61°22′26.4″N 5°23′47″E / 61.374000°N 5.39639°E / 61.374000; 5.39639 (Dalsfjorden Bridge)
 Norway[74]
Pont Marechal, Matadi, Congo.jpg79Matadi Bridge5201,7061983Matadi (Bas-Congo)
5°49′31.4″S 13°26′3.1″E / 5.825389°S 13.434194°E / -5.825389; 13.434194 (Matadi Bridge)
 Democratic Republic of the Congo[75]
Emmerich am Rhein, Rheinbrücke, Rhine Bridge-2.jpg80Emmerich Rhine Bridge5001,6401965Emmerich am Rhein (North Rhine-Westphalia)
51°49′44.8″N 6°13′35″E / 51.829111°N 6.22639°E / 51.829111; 6.22639 (Emmerich Rhine Bridge)
 Germany[76]
Dazi Bridge-1.jpg80Dazi Bridge5001,6401984Dazi (Tibet)
 China[77]
The Gwangan Bridge-edit.jpg80Gwangan Bridge5001,6402002Busan
35°8′44.8″N 129°7′41.8″E / 35.145778°N 129.128278°E / 35.145778; 129.128278 (Gwangan Bridge)
 South Korea[78]
Bear Mtn Bridge crop.jpg83Bear Mountain Bridge4971,6311924Peekskill (New York)
41°19′11.3″N 73°58′59.7″W / 41.319806°N 73.983250°W / 41.319806; -73.983250 (Bear Mountain Bridge)
 United States[79]
New York. Williamsburg Bridge.jpg84Williamsburg Bridge4881,6011903New York City (New York)
40°42′48.4″N 73°58′18.6″W / 40.713444°N 73.971833°W / 40.713444; -73.971833 (Williamsburg Bridge)
 United States[80]
Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge.jpg84Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge4881,6011969Newport - Jamestown (Rhode Island)
41°30′17.9″N 71°20′55.1″W / 41.504972°N 71.348639°W / 41.504972; -71.348639 (Claiborne Pell Bridge)
 United States[81]
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-1.jpg84Chesapeake Bay Bridge
(southbound)
4881,6011952Anne Arundel County - Queen Anne's County (Maryland)
38°59′35.4″N 76°22′55.3″W / 38.993167°N 76.382028°W / 38.993167; -76.382028 (Chesapeake Bay Bridge (southbound))
 United States[82]
Chesapeake Bay suspension bridge.jpg84Chesapeake Bay Bridge
(northbound)
4881,6011973Anne Arundel County - Queen Anne's County (Maryland)
38°59′39.6″N 76°22′53.9″W / 38.994333°N 76.381639°W / 38.994333; -76.381639 (Chesapeake Bay Bridge (northbound))
 United States[82]
Brooklyn Bridge Postdlf.jpg88Brooklyn Bridge4861,5941883New York City (New York)
40°42′20.4″N 73°59′46.8″W / 40.705667°N 73.996333°W / 40.705667; -73.996333 (Brooklyn Bridge)
 United States[80]
Lion's Gate Bridge-2.jpg89Lions' Gate Bridge4731,5521938Vancouver (British Columbia)
49°18′55.1″N 123°8′19.5″W / 49.315306°N 123.138750°W / 49.315306; -123.138750 (Lions' Gate Bridge)
 Canada[83]
Sotra bridge-2.jpg90Sotra Bridge4681,5351971Litlesotra - Drotningsvik (Hordaland)
60°22′21.3″N 5°9′56.4″E / 60.372583°N 5.165667°E / 60.372583; 5.165667 (Sotra Bridge)
 Norway[84]
Bridge to Hirado-2.jpg91Hirado Bridge4651,5261977Hirado (Nagasaki)
33°21′25″N 129°34′20.6″E / 33.35694°N 129.572389°E / 33.35694; 129.572389 (Hirado Bridge)
 Japan[85]
MidHudson2.JPG92Mid-Hudson Bridge4571,4991930Poughkeepsie - Highland (New York)
41°42′10.3″N 73°56′46.4″W / 41.702861°N 73.946222°W / 41.702861; -73.946222 (Mid-Hudson Bridge)
 United States[86]
Vincent Thomas Bridge-2.jpg92Vincent Thomas Bridge4571,4991963San Pedro - Terminal Island (California)
33°44′58″N 118°16′17.8″W / 33.74944°N 118.271611°W / 33.74944; -118.271611 (Vincent Thomas Bridge)
 United States[87]
Suspension bridge in Shantou0342.jpg94Shantou Bay Bridge4521,4831995Shantou (Guangdong)
23°19′54.5″N 116°44′41.7″E / 23.331806°N 116.744917°E / 23.331806; 116.744917 (Shantou Bay Bridge)
 China[88]
Fengdu Bridge-2.jpg95Fengdu Bridge4501,4761997Fengdu County (Chongqing)
29°51′19.5″N 107°40′11″E / 29.855417°N 107.66972°E / 29.855417; 107.66972 (Fengdu Bridge)
 China[89]
Manhattan Bridge 2007.jpg96Manhattan Bridge4481,4701909New York City (New York)
40°42′24.4″N 73°59′25.5″W / 40.706778°N 73.990417°W / 40.706778; -73.990417 (Manhattan Bridge)
 United States[80]
Lysefjorden - bridge from below.JPG97Lysefjord Bridge4461,4631997Forsand (Rogaland)
58°55′26.1″N 6°5′53.4″E / 58.923917°N 6.098167°E / 58.923917; 6.098167 (Lysefjord Bridge)
 Norway[90]
Halifax - NS - Pylon der Angus L. Macdonald Bridge.jpg98Angus L. Macdonald Bridge4411,4471955Halifax (Nova Scotia)
44°39′45.8″N 63°35′8.6″W / 44.662722°N 63.585722°W / 44.662722; -63.585722 (Angus L. Macdonald Bridge)
 Canada[91]
99Shuangyong Bridge4301,4112012Liuzhou (Guangxi)
24°23′32.5″N 109°25′30.7″E / 24.392361°N 109.425194°E / 24.392361; 109.425194 (Shuangyong Bridge)
 China
A. Murray MacKay Bridge.jpg100A. Murray MacKay Bridge4271,4011970Halifax (Nova Scotia)
44°40′37.7″N 63°36′45.5″W / 44.677139°N 63.612639°W / 44.677139; -63.612639 (A. Murray MacKay Bridge)
 Canada[92]
Triborough Bridge and Hell Gate New York City Queens-edit.jpg101Suspension section of the Triborough Bridge4211,3811936New York City (New York)
40°46′46.5″N 73°55′35.7″W / 40.779583°N 73.926583°W / 40.779583; -73.926583 (Triborough Bridge)
 United States[93]
Älvsborg Bridge.jpg102Älvsborg Bridge4171,3681966Gothenburg (Västra Götaland County)
57°41′27″N 11°54′5″E / 57.69083°N 11.90139°E / 57.69083; 11.90139 (Älvsborg Bridge)
 Sweden[94]
103Ganzhou Bridge4081,3392010Ganzhou (Jiangxi)
25°54′10.4″N 114°56′8.5″E / 25.902889°N 114.935694°E / 25.902889; 114.935694 (Ganzhou Bridge)
 China
xTaohuayu Yellow River Bridge4061,3322013Zhengzhou (Henan)
34°57′34.2″N 113°28′51.9″E / 34.959500°N 113.481083°E / 34.959500; 113.481083 (Taohuayu Yellow River Bridge)
 China[95]
Cau Thuan Phuoc (AH)2.jpg104Thuan Phuoc Bridge4051,3292009Da Nang (South Central Coast)
16°5′42.7″N 108°13′13.8″E / 16.095194°N 108.220500°E / 16.095194; 108.220500 (Thuan Phuoc Bridge)
 Vietnam[96]
Namhae Bridge-edit.jpg105Namhae Bridge4041,3251973Namhaedo (South Gyeongsang Province)
34°56′38.9″N 127°52′19.9″E / 34.944139°N 127.872194°E / 34.944139; 127.872194 (Namhae Bridge)
 South Korea[97]
Pont aquitaine.jpg106Aquitaine Bridge3941,2931967Bordeaux France[98]
Linked photo107Amu Darya Pipeline Bridge3901,2801963[99]Bukhara-Urganch Road, near Lebap Uzbekistan
 Turkmenistan
[100]
xBeipanjiang River 2003 Bridge3881,2732003near Huajiang (Guizhou)
 China[101]
SFOBBESR2013-07-07.jpg108San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge (Eastern Section).3851,2632013San Francisco – Oakland, California, USA United States[102]
xHongguang Bridge3801,2472004Liuzhou (Guangxi)
 China
xLancangjiang Bridge3801,2472005Nanjian (Yunnan)
 China
Rodenkirchener Brücke.jpg109Cologne Rodenkirchen Bridge (twin bridge)3781,2401954
1995
Cologne Germany[103]
StJohnsBridge.jpg110St. Johns Bridge3681,207  1931Portland, OR United States[104]
Waka-To O-hashi.JPG111Wakato Narrows Bridge3671,2041962Kitakyūshū Japan[105]
MtHopeBridge.jpg112Mount Hope Bridge3661,2001929Mount Hope Bay, RI United States[106]
Ogdensburg-Prescott Bridge.JPG113Ogdensburg Prescott International Bridge (Seaway Skyway)3511,1511960Ogdensburg, NY - Prescott, Ontario, Canada United States
 Canada
[107]
Pingsheng Bridge-edit2.jpg114Pingsheng Bridge (Self anchored suspension bridge)3501,1482006Foshan, Guangdong China[108]
xJiaolongba Bridge3451,1322005Markam (Tibet)
 China[109]
Ponte Hercilio Luz - Dezembro 1996 - by Sérgio Schmiegelow.jpg115Hercilio Luz Bridge3401,1151926Florianopolis Brazil[110]
Xixi Bridge-1.jpg116Xixi Bridge3381,1092001Linquanzhen, Guizhou China[111]
New Bidwell Bar Bridge Oroville CA.jpg116New Bidwell Bar Bridge3381,1081965Oroville, CA United States[112]
Varoddbruene 01.jpg118Old Varodd Bridge3371,1061956Kristiansand Norway[113]
Tamar Bridge Cornwall Devon.jpg119Tamar Bridge3351,0861961Plymouth-Saltash United Kingdom[114]
Fedafjorden bru 2010-07-04-edit.jpg119Feda Fjord Bridge (no)3311,1002006Feda, Vest-Agder Norway[115]
Deer Island Bridge.jpg121Deer Isle Bridge3291,0881939Penobscot Bay, ME United States[116]
The Chirundu Bridge-edit.jpg122Otto Beit Bridge3281,0851939Chirundu, Zambia to Chirundu, Zimbabwe Zambia
 Zimbabwe
[117]
xSanchaji Bridge3281,0852006Changsha (Hunan)
 China
Rombak Bridge-2.jpg123Rombak Bridge3251,0661964Nordland Norway[118]
Rorvik lofoten.jpg123Nærøysund Bridge3251,0661981Nord-Trøndelag Norway[119]
SimonKentonBridgeSmall.jpg125Simon Kenton Bridge3231,0601932Maysville, KY United States[120]
Bridge iledorleans.JPG125Île d'Orléans Bridge3231,0591936Quebec City Canada[121]
CovingtonKY JARoeblingBridge.jpg127John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge3221,0571867Cincinnati, OH United States[122]
Dent bridge small.jpg128Dent Bridge3201,0501971Orofino, ID United States[123]
128President Guillermo Billinghurst Bridge3201,0502011Puerto Maldonado (Madre de Dios Region) Peru[124][125]
Cologne Mulheim Bridge small.jpg130Cologne Mülheim Bridge3151,0331951Cologne Germany[126]
Wheeling Suspension Bridge.jpg131Wheeling Suspension Bridge3081,0101849Wheeling, West Virginia to Ohio over the Ohio River United States[127]
xLeinli Bridge3051,0012010Pinlaung (Shan State)
 Burma[109]
Revelstoke Bridge.jpg132Revelstoke Bridge3009851961Revelstoke, British Columbia Canada[128]
Konohana Ohashi Osaka.jpg132Konohana Bridge3009841987Osaka Japan[129]
Viaduc-du-chavanon cropped.jpg132Chavanon Viaduct3009842000Merlines and Messeix (Chavanon Valley) France[130]
Yeongjong Bridge small.jpg132Yeongjong Grand Bridge (Self-anchored suspension bridge)3009842000Incheon South Korea[131]

Bridges under construction[edit]

Most of the large suspension bridges built in recent years have been in the People's Republic of China. As the following list shows, most of the bridges under construction are also in China.

   NameMain
span
metres
Main
span
feet
Year to openLocationCountry
İzmit Bay Bridge1,5505,0852017Gebze - Altınova (Marmara)
40°45′15″N 29°30′55″E / 40.75417°N 29.51528°E / 40.75417; 29.51528 (İzmit Bay Bridge)
 Turkey[132]
Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge p8 Jan 2014.JPGYavuz Sultan Selim Bridge1,4084,6192015Istanbul (Marmara)
41°12′31″N 29°7′5″E / 41.20861°N 29.11806°E / 41.20861; 29.11806 (Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge)
 Turkey[133]
Longjiang River Bridge1,1963,9242015Wuhexiang (Yunnan)
24°50′19.7″N 98°40′19.9″E / 24.838806°N 98.672194°E / 24.838806; 98.672194 (Longjiang River Bridge)
 China[134]
Longmen Bridge (Guangxi)1,1603,8062016Fangchenggang - Qinzhou (Guangxi)
21°45′11.2″N 108°33′18.9″E / 21.753111°N 108.555250°E / 21.753111; 108.555250 (Longmen Bridge (Guangxi))
 China
Ulsan Bridge1,1503,7732014Ulsan
35°30′14″N 129°23′31″E / 35.50389°N 129.39194°E / 35.50389; 129.39194 (Ulsan Bridge)
 South Korea[135]
Hålogaland Bridge1,1453,7572017Rombaken, Narvik Norway
Second Namhae Bridge8902,9202016Namhaedo (South Gyeongsang Province)
34°56′34.4″N 127°51′58.6″E / 34.942889°N 127.866278°E / 34.942889; 127.866278 (Second Namhae Bridge)
 South Korea[136]
Cuntan Bridge8802,8872016Chongqing
29°37′14.2″N 106°36′21.8″E / 29.620611°N 106.606056°E / 29.620611; 106.606056 (Cuntan Bridge)
 China
Jeokgeum Bridge8502,7902014Ucheon - Jeokgeum (South Jeolla Province)
34°37′43″N 127°30′15″E / 34.62861°N 127.50417°E / 34.62861; 127.50417 (Jeokgeum Bridge)
 South Korea[137]
Yingwuzhou Bridge850 (x2)2,790 (x2)2015Wuhan (Hubei)
30°32′2.6″N 114°16′36.8″E / 30.534056°N 114.276889°E / 30.534056; 114.276889 (Yingwuzhou Bridge)
 China[138]
Puli Bridge6282,0602015Pulixiang (Yunnan)
26°19′20.6″N 104°35′16″E / 26.322389°N 104.58778°E / 26.322389; 104.58778 (Puli Bridge)
 China[139]
Dimuhe River Bridge5381,7652015Liupanshui (Guizhou)
26°39′15″N 105°4′14.8″E / 26.65417°N 105.070778°E / 26.65417; 105.070778 (Dimuhe River Bridge)
 China[140]
Dandeung Bridge4001,3122014Shinsido Island - Munyeodo Island (North Jeolla Province)
35°48′42.8″N 126°26′33.8″E / 35.811889°N 126.442722°E / 35.811889; 126.442722 (Dandeung Bridge)
 South Korea[141]

Planned and proposed bridges[edit]

NameLocationMain
span
StatusNotes
Gibraltar BridgeSpain to MoroccoVery longProposedSome designs have suspension spans of several miles. The suspension cables of a very long bridge might be suspended from the ends of cable-stayed struts extending diagonally from huge pylons. However, as of 2008, the feasibility of a tunnel is being considered instead.
SognebruaSognefjorden, Norway3,700 m (12,100 ft)ProposedOne of several proposals for crossing the 1300m deep fjord as part of making the E39 highway along Norway's west coast ferry-free. The bridge would utilize two towers 450 m tall and have a maximum clearance above water of 70 m. Plans call for the highway project, including this crossing, to finish by 2025.
Strait of Messina BridgeSicily to mainland Italy3,300 m (10,800 ft)Preliminary workThe project was canceled on 11 October 2006 by the Romano Prodi-led government amid controversy concerning the bridge's cost.[142] The new government from 2008 led by Silvio Berlusconi wanted to pick up the project again. Preliminary works were to begin in December 2009. The main construction was expected to begin in 2012. As of February 2013, the project has again been cancelled.
Sunda Strait BridgeJava to Sumatra, Indonesiaabout 3,000 m (9,800 ft)Preliminary workThis project has been approved by the Indonesian government. If completed, it will not only be the world's longest suspension bridge (26 km), but will also have a main span of about 3,000 m (9,800 ft)—roughly fifty percent longer than the current record.[143]
Malacca Strait BridgePeninsular Malaysia, Malaysia to Sumatra, Indonesia2,600 m (8,500 ft)Preliminary workJoint project between the Malaysian and Indonesian governments for a 48 km long crossing. Included is a suspension span of 2,600 m and a cable-stayed span of 1,200 m; making both longer than any existing in their category.
Storfjord BridgeStorfjorden, Norway2,300 m (7,500 ft)Plans under considerationWill replace the ferry connecting the municipalities of Sykkylven and Ålesund as well as being part of the "ferry-free E39" project. Unusually, the proposed design will have the roadway split around single column towers.
Çanakkale Suspension BridgeCrossing the Dardanelles, Turkey2,023 m (6,637 ft)ProposedThe bridge will be part of the Çanakkale-Tekirdağ-Kınalı-Balıkesir highway project. The construction tender is expected to be given in 2015.[144]
Edvard Grieg BridgeHalsafjord, Norwayabout 2,000 m (6,600 ft)ProposedThe bridge will replace a ferry, and reduce the driving time between Trondheim and Molde by 34 minutes.
Mao Zedong BridgeQiongzhou Strait, Chinaabout 2,000 m (6,600 ft)Preliminary workA suspension bridge is being considered to cross the 22.5 km wide Qiongzhou Strait.[145] One design consists of four bridges strung together with four main spans of 2,000 m, two main-spans of 1,800 m, five anchorages and 10 towers.[146] If completed this bridge will assume six of the top seven longest spans.
Chacao Channel bridgeChiloé to mainland Chile1,100 m (3,600 ft)TenderThis unusual design has two main spans of 1,055 m and 1,100 m without an anchorage between them. Construction was supposed to begin in 2007 and completed in 2012, but because of cost overruns, the project is now on hold.

History of longest suspension spans[edit]

BridgeLocationlength
m (ft)
Year became
longest span
Notes
Maya Bridge at YaxchilanMexico62 m (203 ft)600Hemp-rope simple suspension footbridge. Existence unproven. No longer standing.
Old Chain-Bridge at Chaksam.jpgChakzam BridgeTibet137 m (449 ft)1430Chain suspension footbridge south of Lhasa, built by Thangtong Gyalpo. Reported still in use by British spies in 1878. Later (before 1904) fell into disuse after river course changed, swamping the northern end.[147] Dynamited by Red Chinese soldiers after the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950.[148]
Union Chain Bridge.jpgUnion BridgeUK137 m (449 ft)1820The oldest in the world still in use today.
Menai Suspension Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 79009.jpgMenai Suspension BridgeUK176 m (577 ft)1826
Zähringen Bridge circa 1920.jpgZähringen BridgeSwitzerland271 m (889 ft)1834The bridge was removed in the 1920s.
Wheeling Suspension Bridge.jpgWheeling Suspension BridgeWest Virginia - Ohio308 m (1,010 ft)1849The longest deck span from 1849 until 1866, and the oldest vehicular suspension bridge in use in the United States.
Queenston-Lewiston Bridge 1915.jpgQueenston-Lewiston BridgeUSA and Canada317 m (1,040 ft)1851The longest cable span from 1851 until it was destroyed by wind in 1864. However, the road deck span was only 258 meters long.
CovingtonKY JARoeblingBridge.jpgJohn A. Roebling Suspension BridgeKentucky - Ohio322 m (1,056 ft)1866
New Suspension Bridge - Niagara Falls.jpgNiagara Clifton BridgeUSA and Canada384 m (1,260 ft)1869Replaced in 1899.
Brooklyn Bridge Postdlf.jpgBrooklyn BridgeNew York City, USA486 m (1,594 ft)1883
WilliamsburgBridge1903 crop.jpgWilliamsburg BridgeNew York City, USA488 m (1,601 ft)1903It was the longest suspension span but not the longest span of all bridges. The Forth Railway Bridge with two spans of 521 m was longer.
Bear Mountain Bridge from below.jpgBear Mountain BridgeNew York, USA497 m (1,631 ft)1924It was the longest suspension span but not the longest span of all bridges. The Quebec Bridge with a span of 549 m was longer. The first suspension bridge to have a concrete deck. The construction methods pioneered in building it would make possible several much larger projects to follow.
2012 Ben Franklin Bridge and Race Street Pier.jpgBenjamin Franklin BridgePennsylvania - New Jersey, USA533 m (1,749 ft)1926It was the longest suspension span but not the longest span of all bridges.
Ambassador bridge in Windsor1.jpgAmbassador BridgeUSA and Canada564 m (1,850 ft)1929Since this bridge was built, the record for longest bridge span has only been held by suspension bridges.
George Washington Bridge, HAER NY-129-28.jpgGeorge Washington BridgeNew York - New Jersey, USA1,067 m (3,501 ft)1931The first span longer than 1 km.
Golden Gate Bridge Clear.JPGGolden Gate BridgeCalifornia1,280 m (4,200 ft)1937
New York City Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.jpgVerrazano-Narrows BridgeNew York City, USA1,298 m (4,259 ft)1964
Humber Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 1516611.jpgHumber BridgeGreat Britain1,410 m (4,630 ft)1981
Akashi bridge.jpgAkashi-Kaikyo BridgeJapan1,991 m (6,532 ft)1998The longest span since 1998.

The first main span longer than 1-mile (1.6 km).

Sources: [149][150][151]

Other record holding suspension bridges[edit]

See also[edit]

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