Akashi Kaikyō Bridge

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Akashi Kaikyō Bridge

Akashi Bridge.JPG
Akashi Kaikyō Bridge from the air, December 2005
Coordinates34°36′58″N 135°01′14″E / 34.6162°N 135.0205°E / 34.6162; 135.0205Coordinates: 34°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 begin 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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  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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