A cable-stayed bridge is a bridge that consists of one or more towers or pylons, with cables supporting the bridge deck. Here are the top 5 longest cable-stayed bridges in the world right now.
1. Sutong Bridge, China
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|Length of Main Span (Ft.)||3,570|
|Length of Main Span (Meters)||1,088|
The Sutong Yangtze River Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge that spans the Yangtze River in China between Nantong and Changshu in Jiangsu province.
For more on Sutong Bridge, head over to Wikipedia.
2. Stonecutters Bridge, Hong Kong
|Length of Main Span (Ft.)||3,339|
|Length of Main Span (Meters)||1,018|
Stonecutters Bridge is a high level cable-stayed bridge which spans the Rambler Channel in Hong Kong, connecting Nam Wan Kok, Tsing Yi Island and Stonecutters Island. It is 1.6 km in length, with 3 lanes in each direction.
For more on Stonecutters Bridge, head over to Wikipedia.
3. Edong Bridge, China
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|Length of Main Span (Ft.)||3,038|
|Length of Main Span (Meters)||926|
Edong Bridge is currently the 3rd longest cable-stayed bridge in the world. Spanning the Yangtze River at the port of Huangshi, the Edong Bridge is 6.2 km in length.
4. Tatara Bridge, Japan
|Length of Main Span (Ft.)||2,920|
|Length of Main Span (Meters)||890|
The Tatara Bridge is a part of the Nishiseto Expressway. The expressway is a series of roads and bridges that is one of the three routes connecting the islands of Honshū and Shikoku across the Seto Inland Sea in Japan.
The bridge was opened to traffic on May 1, 1999. It carries two lanes of traffic in each direction and has additional lanes for bicycles, motor bikes, and pedestrians.
For more on Tatara Bridge, head over to Wikipedia.
5. Pont de Normandie, France
|Length of Main Span (Ft.)||2,808|
|Length of Main Span (Meters)||856|
The Pont de Normandie spans the river Seine, linking Le Havre to Honfleur in Normandy (northern France). It is divided into four lanes for traffic and two lanes for pedestrians.
For reading more on Pont de Normandie, head over to Wikipedia.
To-Be the Longest Cable-Stayed Bridge in the World
Russky Island Bridge, Russia
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|Year to be Completed in:||2012|
|Length of Main Span (Ft.)||3,622|
|Length of Main Span (Meters)||1,104|
The Bridge to Russky Island is scheduled to be finished in 2012. It’s being built across the Eastern Bosphorus strait, to serve the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit due to take place in Vladivostok in 2012. The bridge will connect the mainland part of the city (Nazimov peninsula) with Russky Island, where the main activities of the summit are to take place.
For more on the Rusky Island Bridge (Under Construction), head over to Wikipedia.