Traveling across this vast world is getting easier and easier every day thanks to the efforts of some truly intrepid engineers. Surely, people have to get from one place to another, but looking at some of these bridges you have to wonder if there wasn’t a better direction that could have been taken.
Have a glimpse of scariest walking bridges in the world
Coming up on nearly 100 years in use, the Royal Gorge Bridge was built on the cheap in 1929. Until now, this is highest suspension bridge in the world, dangling precariously 956 feet above the Arkansas River.
This converted train bridge was built across one of Russia’s busiest tributaries, the Lena River. Covered in slick ice most of the year, the six feet wide bridge can barely fit one car at a time. The Vitim River Bridge is considered so treacherous that simply getting across it, alive is an accomplishment. Seriously, “34 people who have done it created their own Facebook page.”
Located in Kampong Cham, a city in the East part of Cambodia, the Bamboo Bridge is the major means of access to a nearby island in the drier seasons of the year. Even crazier, the Bamboo Bridge is rebuilt every year and is expected to hold hundreds of people at any given time.
Named for Captain William Moore, “a pilot, prospector, packer, trader and riverboat captain.” The bridge runs 110 feet over Moore Creek Gorge, allowing traffic to pass through it. Moore Creek Gorge flows through an active fault line.
The Sidu River Bridge is the current record holder for the highest bridge in the world, “which hangs over 1,600 vertigo-inducing feet above a canyon floor, connecting what amounts to two mountaintops.”
6. Hussaini Hanging Bridge, Pakistan
And you think your daily commute is stressful. How would you like to traverse this wildly swaying rickety footbridge across the raging Hunza River every day? It looks as if any of those twigs or ropes could snap at any moment, and leaping between the broken planks is a life-or-death risk. It’s one of the deadliest bridges in the world.
7. Quepos Bridge, Costa Rica
Meet the Quepos Bridge, a one-way path on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, is shockingly fit for vehicular travel. And, if crossing this rickety little bridge wasn’t terrifying enough, it’s also a popular hangout spot for the indigenous wildlife.
8. Brave Men’s Bridge, Hunan Province, China
As if the 600 ft. height over the valley wasn’t frightening enough, they went and made this suspension bridge out of plexiglass. It’s known to be one of the scariest bridges in the world.
9. Millau Viaduct, France
Leave it to the French to do style with horrification. Running across France’s River Tarn, the Millau Viaduct runs more than a mile and a half across a massive gorge. A cable-stayed, masted structure, the bridge is delicate, transparent, and has the optimum span between columns. It’s one of the most beautiful bridges in the world.
10. Lake Ponchartrain Causeway Bridge, Louisiana
At a staggering 24 miles long, the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway Bridge holds the Guinness Record for the longest continuous bridge over water in the world and also accounts itself in the list of most spectacular bridges.
11. Deception Pass Bridge, USA
The Deception Pass Bridge, located in the U.S. state of Washington. It is a two-lane bridge that connects Whidbey Island and Fidalgo in Deception Pass State Park. If you drive on this misty strait in Puget Sound, isn’t that much scary; try walking on a narrow pedestrian lane at the border of the bridge. This is where you will see hair-raising views of the flourishing water directly below. More than 1,500 tons of steel was used to construct both spans. Around 15,000 cars cross the bridge every day.
12. Austrian Road Bridges, Kazakhstan
Austrian Road, so-called because it was created by Austrian POW’s during WW1 in 1915, is a miracle of engineering based in the Altai Mountains of eastern Kazakhstan. There are 16 wooden bridges over Kara-Koba river on the road. The bridges are facing slight rotting and some of them have been collapsed already.
13. Pai Memorial Bridge, Thailand
Pai Memorial Bridge is one of the main tourist attractions of Pai, situated in the Mae Hong Son Province of northern Thailand, near the Myanmar border. The bridge was built of iron and was originally made by Japanese soldiers to cross the Pai River during WWII (in 1942).
14. Bertram Bridge, USA
Settled in Southern Lin County, in Iowa, Bertram Bridge extends its boundaries across the Big Creek River. The bridge, also known as Ely Street Bridge, was built in 1891. The maximum holding capacity of this bridge is 8 tons. The entire structure is 208 feet (63 meters) and the road is 13.5 feet (4 meters) wide. It’s one of the scariest bridges in the world.
15. Linn Cove Viaduct, USA
Situated near Linville in the United States of North Carolina, the Linn Cove Viaduct is a 1,243-foot (379 m) complex, S-shaped, waving and rolling across the side of Grandfather Mountain. In 1987, this concrete segmental bridge was completed over a complicated landscape; the view is just spectacular and the ride is a thriller as that bride seems to look suspended in mid-air. The bridge is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
16. Noah Creek bridge, Australia
Located in north-east Queensland, Australia, Noah Creek is a wooden bridge with a few planks. Bridge over the Noah Creek River is 24 meters long. The Bridge can withstand 25 Ton of load. The road passes over the bridge is called Cape Tribulation Road.
17. Lakina River Bridge, USA
Lakina River Bridge, located in Valdez-Cordova Census region, Alaska at landmark 44.3 of the gravel McCarthy Highway (closed during winter). The bridge is 190 ft. long and can hold a weight of 32 Ton.
18. Linyanti River bridge, Namibia
Located in the Mamili National Park in the north-eastern side of the Zambezi Region in Northern Namibia, which is 40 metres long on the River Linyanti. This bridge is made of iron planks over scary deep water and mud.
19. Puente Las Corrientes, Chile
Puente Las Corrientes is a wooden bridge located in the southern part of Chile, Araucanía. The bridge positioned over Rehu river is 43 metres long. The weight capacity of this wooden bridge is 15 tons. The road over the bridge is R-264 gravel. It’s one of the scariest bridges in the world.