Akashi Kaikyō Bridge

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Akashi Kaikyō Bridge
Akashi Bridge.JPG
Akashi Kaikyō Bridge from the air
Coordinates 34°36′58″N 135°01′12″E / 34.616°N 135.020°E / 34.616; 135.020Coordinates: 34°36′58″N 135°01′12″E / 34.616°N 135.020°E / 34.616; 135.020
Carries six lanes of roadway
Crosses Akashi Strait
Locale Awaji Island and Kobe
Other name(s) Pearl bridge
Maintained by Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Authority
Design Suspension bridge
Total length 3,911 metres (12,831 ft; 2.430 mi)
Height 282.8 metres (928 ft) (pylons)
Longest span 1,991 metres (6,532 ft; 1.237 mi)
Clearance below 65.72 metres (215.6 ft)
Designer Satoshi Kashima
Construction begin 1988
Construction end 1998
Opened April 5, 1998
Toll ¥2,300
Akashi Kaikyō Bridge is located in Japan
Akashi Kaikyō Bridge
Location 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 | change 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 | change 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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