Top 20 World’s Scariest Bridges
Some popular bridges in the world scare people who use them. The design of these bridges, the safe posture maintained while walking through them, and past awkward experiences are some of the reasons why people get scared. Other reasons include the history of deaths, suicide, and natural disasters that occurred in such bridges. We have compiled 20 of the world scariest bridges that will amaze you.
20.Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Florida
The Bob Skyway Bridge, also known as the Skyway, has a history that will be long remembered. The US will remember Skyway Bridge for two deadly maritime disasters within five months. First, it suffered a collapse in January 1980 when a cargo ship hit the bridge resulting in the death of 23 crew members. Before long, another disaster occurred on May 1980 when one of the bridge supports was compromised from the Freighter MV collision. The incident resulted in the death of 35 people as vehicles plunged into Tampa Bay.
Skyway is considered a landmark in Florida. It has a four-lane way passing through Pinellas County, Manatee County and, Hillsborough County. The bridge was opened in 1954 and reconstruction started by the American Bridge Company in February 1987 after the major maritime disaster. There are reported cases of suicide in Tampa Bay, making Skyway one of the scary bridges for people.
19. Quespos Bridge, Costa Rica
Quespos Bridge in Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica is infamously dubbed ‘the bridge of death’ by the locals. Cars often cross the rickety bridge daily linking Quespos Costa Rica from Jaco. Surprisingly, the bridge has not been comprised under the force vehicles subject it to daily. The creaking sound and the eerily groan of the iron bars seem normal to users as they make use of the bridge to get to link other parts of the Quespos Province.
History has it that the Quespos Bridge was built between 1930 and 1940 by the Bananera Company. Originally, it was built to support the movement of the train that moved bananas to the Quespos port. The 40-meter high bridge is a death trap to vehicles, especially for trucks. At a glance, one would think the bridge could barely support a motorcycle let alone lorries that go through it daily. Strong iron bars are the materials used for the construction but, they have remained over time resulting in the creaking sound when loaded by vehicles.
18.Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, Louisiana
Have you been on a bridge and discovered that land was nowhere visible again? Such is the sight when you drive across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, Louisiana. The Causeway is a twin parallel bridge that runs across the middle of Lake Pontchartrain; it holds the record of the longest bridge over water in the Guinness World Record. It retained the status of the world longest bridge over water from 1969 when it was constructed until 2011 when Jiaozhou Bay Bridge was commissioned.
Lake Pontchartrain is a saline lake that covers about 610 square miles. With this massive body of water, there was an increasing need for New Orleans dwellers in Sothern shore of the lake to cross it afterWorld War II. To reduce the travel time around the lake, the building project of the bridge began. Sustainable materials were made from concrete to support the bridge making it strong and reliable for use.
17. Montenegro Rainforest, Costa Rica
This is the perfect location if you love climbing trees and having a great experience of a rainforest. Montenegro Rainforest is considered as one of the most beautiful rainforests in the world. The location is diverse and possesses a real element of nature; it gives you a great opportunity to stay above shrub and almost equal your height to that of the trees around. An awkward crossing of this bridge is probably one of the most amazing but fearful activity for tourist in this destination.
Montenegro Rainforest in Costa Rica is a collection of six bridges with the longest spanning over 983 feet. Crossing the bridge requires care to avoid landing in the shrubs below. Missing woods on the floor of the bridge and the intimidating height above the ground is a cause for concern when crossing. The beautiful environment and the feel of nature have made this location a destination for tourists around the world.
16. Carrick-a- Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland
Imagine you have to travel 30-meter clearance above the ground seeing the beach, rocks, and water to your left and right; that is the terrifying sight Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge offers. This rope bridge serves as the link from the mainland to Carrickarede Island with a total length of 20 meters. Crossing the bridge could be so intimidating that some people prefer to opt for a return ferry ride instead of experience the fright of the bridge.
The sight Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge has a history of fishing as it was first constructed by a fisherman over 350 years ago. Fishermen were fishing Atlantic salmon at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge area. Soon, it became a busy place as many people carried out fishing business there until the depletion of Atlantic salmon. Currently, several reconstructions have been done on the bridge, but the lifespan of each reconstruction often depends on the weather condition of the place.
15.Royal George Bridge, Colorado
The 1270 feet Royal George Bridge stands 956 feet above Arkansas. It is located in Colorado within the Royal George Park, USA. The Royal George Bridge is known to be the longest suspension bridge in theUnited States with over 80 years of history. Until 2001, it held the record of the highest bridge in the world before Liuguanghe Bridge of China was constructed. Constructed in 1929, the bridge was without wind cables for over 50 years after construction making it a scary adventure to cross it.
Royal George Bridge retains its position as the highest in the United States with a height of 150 feet and a width of 18 feet. Recent development has seen the bridge attract tourists and mountain climbers since it survived the wildfire that destroyed buildings in the Royal George Park. If you desire to have an adrenaline-filled experience, you will get it by reaching the peak of the mountain with the help of trained mountain guides.
14. Mount Titlis, Switzerland
You will sound weird if the swaying Mount Titlis Bridge, which is 3,000 meters above sea level, does not scare you. Even with such a terrifying sight from the ground level, the bridge is one of the safest in the world. The Swiss Alps is a mountain with incredible views from its peak. If you are on Mount Titlis, you will have the privilege of 360-degree views of the Swiss city.
This bridge is a destination for people seeking an awesome experience, nature lovers, photo enthusiasts, and adventurers. Engelberg is the main access to the bridge which, is located between the borders of Obwalden and Bern. The place is operated throughout the year with people visiting it for different activities. You get to experience snow and ice with an opportunity to use the glacier chairlift if you visit Mount Titlis.
13. Vitim River Bridge, Russia
There are only a few successes crossing the Vitim River Bridge, Russia by foot. At certain periods of the year, the bridge becomes iced and some of the planks used for the flooring either decay or get missing. Crossing this bridge in the sixth month of the year is risky because the river reaches its peak at this period. The bridge is characterized by ice between November and May, thus, making it very difficult to cross successfully.
Vitim River Bridge has the design of an old train crossing. It is built from metallic materials but looks old and dreadful, especially because of the slippery ice usually found on the walkway. Crossing this bridge is dangerous even for a car as it is barely a 6 feet wide path, but, 570meters long, and 50 feet above sea level. Crossing the Vitim River Bridge is considered an accomplishment by many and 34 of the people that have successfully crossed the bridge have announced their commendable actions on Facebook and other social media platforms.
12. Storseisundet Bridge, Norway
You may need to drive across this unique Norwegian bridge to fully understand the stomach-turning effect it delivers. The master design delivers a curly drive giving you the feeling of a diving board rather than a bridge. According to Daily Mail, the bridge was described as ‘The road to nowhere’ probably because of the design. Storseisundet Bridge is between the borders of Eide Municipality and Averøy Municipality.
Eight bridges make up the Atlantic Road; Storseisundet Bridge is the longest of them with a length of 260 meters and a clearance of 23 meters above the ground. The bridge opened for use in 1989 and it lasted for 6 years in construction. The construction of the bridge was often interrupted by wild weather with a whopping 12 hurricanes recorded witnessed by workers. Such a history is enough for people to dread the bridge though fun to use.
11. Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia
The Langkawi Sky Bridge was designed to give an overwhelming experience of floating in the air, with a panoramic sight of the mountain and the sea below. Completed in 2005, the curved bridge towers 660 meters above the sea level, making it equal the peak of the Gunung Mat Cincang, the Island of Langkawi. What scares people on this bridge is the single polygon support in the middle that holds the curved bridge in its place.
There is just one way to access the Sky Bridge, and this is by taking a cable car ride to the top of the station. A ride from the oriental village will drop individuals at the station from where they can access the bridge. The bridge, which has a capacity of 250 persons, covers an area of 500 square meters. It was built between 2003 and August 2004 while the commissioning and opening for public use took place in February 2005.
10. Deception Pass Bridge, Washington State
It is one of the bridges that have been recognized for its engineering design and elegant architecture. The Deception Pass Bridge in Washington State is a twofold bridge that connects the Whidbey Island and Fidalgo Island. Construction of the bridge started in August 1994 and, it was dedicated on July 31, 1935, with a height of 180 feet depending on the tide. There have been reported cases of people jumping into the river from the deception pass-hence the more reason the bridge is dreaded.
Driving across the bridge might not look so scary, but what about walking down the pedestrian lane? The fog covered bridge towers 180 feet at a point making it dreadful for individuals to walk down the bridge, especially if they are alone. One may even prefer a boat ride to the threading of a wobbly scaring for-covered bridge. The Deception Pass Bridge is the most visited state park in the US, and it has also attracted a lot of tourists from around the world.
9. Seven Mile Bridge, Florida
Seven Mile Bridge was one of the longest bridges in the world when it was built. The two-lane bridge has a total length of 10,887.5 meters connecting Knight’s key (a part of Marathon, Florida) to Little Duck Keys. The bridge was reconstructed to allow boats to pass under it. Although it is one of the strongest bridges and looks safe for use, driving across the Seven Mile Bridge, when Florida experiences a hurricane, would be terrifying.
The reconstruction of the bridge has resulted in more flexibility of use. The lane is wide enough for a motorist to pullover to steal a glance at the water or change a flat tire. Seven Mile Bridge was built in 1982 consisting of two bridges in the same area. An infamous hurricane in the area caused major damage to the old bridge which, was later rebuilt for only automobile use. It will surprise you to know that the track of the old bridge was recycled to make the guardrails for the new Seven Mile Bridge, Florida.
8. The U Bein Bridge, Amarapura
The U Bein Bridge has lasted for over 150 years now with a 1.2 Kimolmeter stretch length. It is believed to be the longest and oldest teakwood bridge in the world. U Bein Bridge was named after the Mayor who began the construction when the capital of Ava Kingdom was moved to Amarapura around 1850. One may see the bridge as an on-going construction at first sight with 1,086 pillars that have their roots in the water. Though locals often use the bridge, there are people who fear that some of the pillars are becoming bad which pose a threat to tourists.
Inhabitants of Amarapura and environs often cross the bridge with bicycles while some thread the path on foot as they go about their everyday business. Because of the nature of the bridge, many tourists have found it a brave activity to cross the scary bridge. With the attraction U Bein Bridge gets from tourists, people have now started different businesses around the center like the offering of a boat ride, selling of food, and offering to tell tourists about the bridge.
7. Puente de Ojuela, Mexico
Puente de Ojuela is a Spanish name for the suspension bridge which was constructed between 1982 and1992. Ojuele is a mining settlement and the Puente de Ojuela in Mexico has been instrumental in the mining activity carried out in that location. Currently used for pedestrians, Puente de Ojuela was built byJohn A. Roebling Company. A major connection the bridge offers is that of linking a mine to Ojuele city.
Transportation of ore from the mine to the Ojuela city is the main reason for the construction of the bridge in the first place. The settlement has now turned to a deserted place as a result of the depleted mineral resources. The ghost town now serves as a tourist center but is not frequently visited as the hazy environment is perceived to be dangerous to people.
6. Hussaini Hanging Bridge, Pakistan
This bridge is characterized by spacious planks as the bed of the construction as it swings to-and-fro when climbed. What makes the Hussaini Hanging Bridge dangerous is the fact that the Hunza River area often experiences a strong wind which perhaps destroyed the first construction. Many are not only afraid of slipping but also become scared when they see some elements of the first construction dangling on new the walkway.
The Hussaini Hanging Bridge is the oldest in Pakistan, and it was constructed for people to cross BoritLake to other parts of the cities of Pakistan. Construction of the bridge was made with simple materials like ropes and planks. People dwelling around this dangerous bridge can’t even recall the exact date of construction again. Broken planks and the threat of the wind make crossing the Hunza River a dangerous experience.
5. The Monkey bridges, Vietnam
This is a collection of bridges located at different points of the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. Bamboo is the chief material locals used in building these bridges. These bridges are called Monkey bridges as a result of the posture that people have to maintain while climbing them to avoid falling into the river. It will surprise you to know that even with the scary nature of these bridges, locals familiar with them can carry a 20-40kg load on their shoulders crossing them.
The Monkey bridges in Vietnam are also called coconut bridges if they are made of coconut trees, or bamboo bridges if made with the bamboo. Over time, some of these bridges now have rails to aid faster crossing and lessen the chances of falling off the single log of wood or bamboo. Monkey bridges have become part of the tradition of Vietnam, and it has inspired the title of a published novel in 1997, which was written by a Vietnamese.
4. Canopy Walk, Ghana
This is not a bridge where you can turn back to run if you get scared in the adventure. The reason for this is that the bridge is over 1,100 feet in length. Users have the opportunity of walking through the trees on either side from a suspension of 40 feet above the ground. Canopy Walk is found in the central region of Ghana. The bridge is unique because it was established by the local people and, it stands as one of the three canopy walkway locations in Africa.
Until 1992, the Canopy Walk location has remained a virgin forest having tress of 65 meters height. In1992, the department of Wildlife declared it a game reserve after it was upgraded to attract tourists. The present situation of the Canopy Walk Bridge sees tourists walk along the suspended weaved bridge with an opportunity to see the game reserve from an elevation. The bridge is constructed from aluminum wires and planks, although, the materials look like those of the forest when viewed at a distance.
3. Sidu River Bridge, China
The Sidu River Bridge does not only hold the record of the highest bridge in the world, but it is also one of the sturdiest bridges of all time. Connecting two mountain peaks, Sidu River Bridge stays clear the canyon floor with a whopping distance of 1,600 feet. The bridge came as a result of China’s high way expanding project to link two separate parts of the country which, are difficult to reach as a result of river blockades and mountainous terrains.
People can easily travel from Shanghai to Chongquing using the 4,009 feet long Sidu River Bridge which, was opened in November 2009. Trekking on this bridge is a magical moment; but, it may be seen as an activity for only the courageous because of the intimidating height it possesses. Current conditions at the bridge do not permit the use of helicopters or boat, but helicopters and rockets were instrumental in the construction of the bridge.
2. The Bridge of immortals, Huang Shang China
If you thread the pathway known as the Bridge of Immortals, you must be a courageous person. The bridge stands as the most famous landmark of the Huang Mountain A.K.A the Yellow Mountain. Until 1987 when the construction started, residents around the mountain often walk over the gulf through the old hanging path. Many were victims here as they fell into the deep-hence the name 'bridge of the immortals'. The present construction is safe for pedestrian, but the ill fame of the mountain has remained over time.
If you want an adventurous daredevil’s experience, the Yellow Mountain is a great destination. Even though the concrete bridge is only a few feet long, it is one of the magical places where you will find rickety trails made up of planks. One may even feel the planks are only held together with nothing than large staples. The walkway to the bridge seems so scary with a threat of a lethal drop. You may seem to wonder, why anyone will decide to take such a dangerous walk, yet, the adventure this magical place offers is breathtaking with a view to see different sites from the mountain like a god.
1. Eshima Ohashi Bridge, Japan
The Eshima Ohashi Bridge, when viewed from afar, looks like the drop of a super tall roller coaster. Drivers approaching the bridge for the first time may develop fear about the steep incline of the construction. Looking at a picture of the bridge, the 5.1% and 6.1% gradient on each side of the bridge is enough for drivers to decide never to attempt climbing it, even though the pictures often focus on the optical illusion it creates when captured straight on.
This Japanese bridge is the largest rigid-frame in the country while it sits in the third position in the world. It was built to connect two cities (Sakaiminato and Matsue) which, are separated by the famousNakaumi Lake. The Construction of the bridge which, started in 1997 lasted for seven (7) years with the pictures circulated online after construction owing to its steep nature. If you have used the EshimaOhashi Bridge before, you will notice that ships could pass under it. Architects who were in charge of the project designed the bridge with such an overwhelming height of 144 feet to accommodate ships passing under it.