Akashi Kaikyō Bridge

Coordinates: 34°36′58″N 135°01′14″E / 34.6162°N 135.0205°E / 34.6162; 135.0205
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Akashi Kaikyō Bridge

Akashi Kaikyō Bridge from the air, December 2005
Coordinates34°36′58″N 135°01′14″E / 34.6162°N 135.0205°E / 34.6162; 135.0205
CarriesSix lanes of the E28 Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway and four emergency lanes
CrossesAkashi Strait
LocaleAwaji Island and Kobe
Other name(s)Pearl Bridge[1]
Maintained byHonshu-Shikoku Bridge Expressway Company Limited
(JB Honshi Kōsoku)
DesignSuspension bridge
Total length3,911 metres (12,831 ft; 2.430 mi)
Height282.8 metres (928 ft) (pylons)
Longest span1,991 metres (6,532 ft; 1.237 mi)
Clearance below65.72 metres (215.6 ft)
DesignerSatoshi Kashima
Construction start1988
Construction end1998
OpenedApril 5, 1998

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.[2]

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 automobiles to cross the Akashi Strait.[2]

History[change | change source]

The construction of the bridge began in May 1988. The bridge was opened on April 5, 1998.[2]

The cost of building the bridge is estimated at 500 billion yen.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Akashi Strait, Japan". Road Traffic Technology. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 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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