Akashi Kaikyō Bridge

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Akashi Kaikyō Bridge
Akashi Kaikyō Ō-hashi (明石海峡大橋?)
Akashi Kaikyō Bridge from the air
Other name(s) Pearl bridge
Carries 6 lanes of roadway
Crosses Akashi Strait
Locale Awaji Island and Kobe
Maintained by Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Authority
Design Suspension bridge
Total length 3,911 meters (12,831 ft)
Height 282.8 metres (928 ft) (pylons)
Longest span 1,991 meters (6,532 ft)
Clearance below 65.72 metres
Beginning date of construction 1988
Completion date 1998
Opened April 5, 1998
Toll ¥2,300
Coordinates 34°36′59″N 135°01′13″E / 34.61639°N 135.02028°E / 34.61639; 135.02028Coordinates: 34°36′59″N 135°01′13″E / 34.61639°N 135.02028°E / 34.61639; 135.02028
Akashi Kaikyō Bridge is located in Japan

The Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge (明石海峡大橋 Akashi Kaikyō Ō-hashi?), also known as the Pearl Bridge, is the world's longest suspension bridge.[1]

Akashi-Kaikyō connects the island of Honshu with Awaji Island in the Seto Inland Sea. The bridge is part of the Honshu-Shikoku Highway which allows cars to cross the Akashi Strait.[1]

History[change | edit source]

Construction begin in May 1988. The bridge was opened on April 5, 1998.[1]

The cost of building the bridge is estimated at 500 billion yen.[1]

References[change | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Cooper, James D. "World's Longest Suspension Bridge Opens in Japan," Public Roads (US), July/August 1998, Vol. 62, No. 1; retrieved 2012-3-24.

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