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Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

Originally shared by Ed Pearce

The world’s longest suspension bridge opened to traffic on April 5, 1998. The 3,911-meter (12,831-feet) Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is 580 meters (1,900 feet) longer than the Humber Bridge in England, the previous record holder.

Linking Awaji Island with Honshū on the Japanese mainland, it cost about $3.8 billion. The wires that make up its steel cables would circle the world seven times if separated and laid end to end.

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