Akashi Kaikyō Bridge

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Akashi Kaikyō Bridge
Akashi Bridge.JPG
Akashi Kaikyō Bridge from the air
Coordinates34°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
Carriessix lanes of roadway
CrossesAkashi Strait
LocaleAwaji Island and Kobe
Other name(s)Pearl bridge
Maintained byHonshu-Shikoku Bridge Authority
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 begin1988
Construction end1998
OpenedApril 5, 1998
Akashi Kaikyō Bridge is located in Japan
Akashi Kaikyō Bridge
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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