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Guinness bridges: when engineering becomes epic

Human engineering is now capable of creating structures that may seem to border on science fiction. Bridges are one of the oldest man-made structures, yet thanks to modern technology they are becoming more and more modern, larger and safer.

The Guinness World Record 2023 has compiled a list of all the most incredible records held by bridges, from the longest to the widest, from pedestrian bridges to covered bridges, and even those built....thanks to a 3D printer.

If you like extreme engineering that tends towards the unbelievable, then you absolutely cannot miss it. One of these records is absolutely incredible.

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Guinness bridges: when engineering becomes epic
Human engineering is now capable of creating structures that may seem to border on science fiction. Bridges are one of the oldest man-made structures, yet thanks to modern technology they are becoming more and more modern, larger and safer. The Guinness World Record 2023 has compiled a list of all the most incredible records held by bridges, from the longest to the widest, from pedestrian bridges to covered bridges, and even those built....thanks to a 3D printer. If you like extreme engineering that tends towards the unbelievable, then you absolutely cannot miss it. One of these records is absolutely incredible.
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The widest bridge in the world
This title goes to the San Francisco -Oakland Bay Bridge. The East Span has a maximum width of 78.74 metres, with no less than 10 traffic lanes and a 4.7 metre wide cycle lane.
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The longest bridge-gallery
Beautiful is this bridge on the Pearl River estuary in China, called Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao. Its length is 22.9 km of bridge alone, plus a 6.7 km underwater tunnel. If we take into account all junctions and motorway access points, the total length comes to 55 km.
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The first double-helix bridge
Helix Bridge, officially The Helix and formerly known as Double Helix Bridge, is a lattice-work pedestrian bridge connecting Marina Center with Marina South in Singapore's Marina Bay area. At 280 metres high, it is the world's first and only bridge built in this manner. This bridge has two steel helixes intertwined to create a complex lattice truss.
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Bridge positioned at a greater height
At an incredible height of 565.4 metres above the level of the Beipan River, between Yunnun and Guizhou, the Baipanjian First Bridge (China) is the highest in the world. To put the size into perspective, the One World Trade Center, the tallest building in North America, could pass under it with ease.
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The span of a longer arch bridge
The Pingnan Third Bridge in China opened to traffic in 2020, and has a main span of 575 metres, making it the longest arch span in the world.
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The longest pedestrian bridge
According to the Guinness World Record 2023, the Baglung Parbat Footbridge is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world, at an incredible 567 metres long. Looking down is not recommended, mind you.
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The longest bridge over water (uninterrupted)
We have chosen to show you a satellite image of the Lake Pontchartrain Causerai, which connects Mandeville and Matairie, Louisiana, USA. This is formed by two parallel bridges with two lanes each. Opened in 1969, it is an impressive 38.42 km long.
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Bridge with the longest span
The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, also called the Pearl Bridge, is a suspension bridge located in Japan, and has a main span 1991 metres long. This record will be broken by a bridge that is currently under construction in Turkey, over the Dardanelles Strait, but at the moment this Japanese one remains the largest.
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Longer covered bridge
It is the Hartland Covered Bridge, which spans the Saint John River in Canada. Its total length is 391 metres. It is currently only used for small local traffic, as it was replaced by a much larger bridge in 1960.
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The longest steel bridge built in 3D
This absurd bridge was made by robotic 3D printing, and is therefore a single piece of metal with no welds or sections. It is 8.7 metres long and is located in Amsterdam. The name of the bridge, which is very technical, is MX3D.
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