20 Most Dangerous Bridges in the World

Bridges can be a majestic representation of human achievement and some of them are impressive to look at. But they can also be associated with deaths or creepy incidents cause they’re just outright dangerous.

A lot of people use bridges as a place to jump from and commit suicide; that’s why on the Golden Gate Bridge, a popular place for suicides, you can find a telephone that connects to a hotline aimed to help these people. But aside from these cases, there are also bridges that look and sometimes are very dangerous to be on and can give you an adrenaline rush, in the best case scenario. Here are 20 of them:

1. Seven Mile Bridge, Florida

The Seven Mile Bridge is a famous American bridge located in Florida. For a brief time in 1982, when it was built, it held the record for the longest concrete bridge in the world. To this day, it remains one of the longest on the continent.  What’s scary about this bridge is that it’s very long, but also its high exposure to hurricanes, which is the reason the first version of the bridge didn’t last very long.

Interesting Facts

Location Florida Keys, Monroe County, Florida; it crosses the Mosser Channel and it unites the Knight’s Key with the Little Duck Key
Height & Length 65 feet high, 6.765 miles long
Design made of box-girder and concrete

2. The Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, Ireland

The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a very small touristic bridge in Ireland. Originally, this bridge was used by fishermen for their salmon nets. Some courageous tourists do stunts here. Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge leads to the Carrick Island with natural scenic beauties. The current version of the bridge dates back to 2008. Sometimes, the walk back scares the visitors so much that they just take the boat.

Interesting Facts

Location Ballintoy, County Antrim; connects the mainland to the Carrick-A-Rede island
Height & Length 30 meter high, 20 meter long
Design made of rope

 3. Deception Pass Bridge, Washington

Deception Pass Bridge is a bridge in Washington you can either drive or walk on. The pedestrian lane offers a spectacular, yet scary view of the wild waters underneath. The passage opened in 1935 and it was built for trade and economic purposes.

Interesting Facts

Location Oak Harbor, Washington; over Deception Pass and Canoe Pass, linking Whidbey Island with Fidalgo Island
Height & Length 180 feet high, 1487 feet long
Design 2-lane arched steel construction

 4. The Immortal Bridge, China

The Immortal Bridge is a very popular bridge located in China. It is one of the tallest and oldest in the world. It is believed that this natural bridge has been formed in the Stone Age. The Immortal Bridge is formed out of 3 large stones and some smaller ones; the Chinese people believe the main stones represent birth, renaissance and death. The scary yet beautiful thing about this bridge is the abyss that lies in its south. Hiking on the Yellow Mountains, where the bridge is located, is a very popular activity.

Interesting Facts

Location on top of Mount Tai, Shandong Province
Height & Length 1,505 meter high; a few meters long
Design made of three big rocks and some small ones

5. Pulau Langkawi Suspended Bridge, Malaysia

This rather recent construction (2004) is suspended 100m into the air on just one pylon. The scariest element to this bridge is that from that pylon, it swings, offering a complete panorama over the wild jungle, the Andaman Sea and the Taruto Island to its passengers. The parts were assembled by helicopter. This Sky Bridge holds the record for the longest curved suspension bridge in the world.

Interesting Facts

Location Pulau Langkawi Island, Gunung Mat Chinchang Peak, Kedah; over the Gunung Mat Chinchang
Height & Length 2,300 feet above sea level, 410 feet long
Design cable-stayed curved bridge for pedestrians with 2 triangular platforms

6. Trift Suspension Bridge, Switzerland

Dating since 2004, the Trift Suspension Bridge is the longest pedestrian bridge located in the Swiss Alps and was originally built for hikers to reach a hut blocked by a glacier. The experience of crossing the bridge was intensified by the wind which used to cause it to swing. Since 2009, stabilizing cables were added to prevent that. But the adrenaline rush is also delivered by the gondola ride and the passing of the river gorge, something that hikers need to do to reach the Trift Bridge.  Around 20,000 people visit the construction yearly.

Interesting Facts

Location close to Gadmen, Switzerland, in the Swiss Alps; over the Triftsee
Height & Length 100 meter high, 170 meter long
Design pedestrian cable suspension bridge

7. Capilano Suspension Bridge, Canada

Capilano Suspension Bridge is a bridge with tradition. Originally built in 1889, this bridge leads you the Treetops Adventure Park. It is designed for passengers alone and it gives you an adrenaline rush when, as you step on it, see the cedar planks moving. Visitors have the chance to take in a spectacular view of the forest.  Around 800,000 people visit it per year.

Interesting Facts

Location North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; over the Capilano River
Height & Length 230 feet above the river level and 450 feet long
Design wire cable suspension bridge

8. Aiguille du Midi Bridge, France

Aiguille du Midi Bridge may not be terrifyingly long, but it’s located in the highest point in Europe – the massif of Mont Blanc. The glass floor which you can peek through the abyss is quite scary, but even scarier is that in order to get to the bridge, you have to take a 1955 cable car, known to perform the highest vertical ascent – 9,200 feet in 20 minutes.  The name of the bridge literally means “Needle of the Noon”. Needless to say, the view is breathtaking.

Interesting Facts

Location Aiguille du Midi, Mont Blanc, close to Chamonix
Height & Length very short but located 12,500 feet above sea level
Design iron bridge with glass floor

9. Vitim River Bridge, Siberia

There aren’t many people who take on the challenge of crossing Vitim River Bridge. This bridge is a former railway, located very close to the water but which can barely fit one car at a time. Being in Siberia, the wooden bridge is covered in ice most of the year, which make it very dangerous, especially since there are no railings.

Interesting Facts

Location Eastern Siberia; over the Vitim River (tributary to Lena River)
Height & Length 50 feet above water, 1,870 feet long
Design made of wood, former railway track

10. The Old Bridge of Konitsa, Greece

Konitsa’s Brdige dates since 1871 and it’s a beautiful rendition of the old Greek bridging technique. It has a steep slope, but it’s not very high nor very long; then what is scary about it? Right under the arch of the bridge there is a bell. When it starts ringing, it means that it is too dangerous for passengers to cross it, because of the wind coming from the valley.

Interesting Facts

Location near Vikos–Aoös National Park; over the Aoos River
Height & Length 40 meter high, 20 meter long
Design stone bridge with one arch

11. Puente de Ojuela, Mexico

The Ojuela Bridge is more than one century old, but it only became a touristic attraction in 1991. Its charm comes from the fact that it leads to the mining ghost town of Ojuela. It was recently reinforced with steel, but the widely separated wooden planks still make scary squeaky sounds as you walk on the bridge. Also – you might experience a little swing while crossing it.

Interesting Facts

Location Mapimi, Durango, on Ojuela goldmine
Height & Length 360 feet above the canyon, 1043 feet long
Design pedestrian suspension bridge made of wood and steel

12. Hussaini Hanging Bridge, Pakistan

Nothing about the Hussaini Hanging Bridge looks safe. The rope is rotten, the planks have wide gaps between them and passengers will experience a lot of swinging while crossing it. As you walk on it, you can noticed what is left of a destroyed bridge on the side. The bridge was designed as a pedestrian connection to the Upper Hunza. Once you calm your nerves, you can enjoy the nice view.

Interesting Facts

Location Hussaini, Northern Pakistan; over the Hunza River
Height & Length It is unknown whether the bridge hasn’t been destroyed in a moonson storm in 2011.
Design pedestrian bridge made of rope and wooden planks

13. Mackinac Bridge, Michigan

The Mackinac Bridge is a strong, majestic bridge and the fifth longest one in the world. At a first sight, nothing is unsafe about it. But suspension bridges are susceptible to any weather changes. If the wind is very strong, the bridge could move as much as 35 feet, and then back again; trucks were blown away on this bridge because of the wind. Mackinac Bridge is designed for both passengers and cars.

Interesting Facts

Location Interstate 75, Northern Michigan, Straits of Mackinac; connects Mackinaw City to St. Ignace
Height & Length 168 meter high, 8,038 meter long
Design suspension bridge made of cable and steel

14. U Pain Bridge, Myanmar

The U Pain Bridge is one of the longest wooden bridges, supported by very shaky wooden posts and with no handrails. It’s as old as 2,000 years and it’s used by people on a daily basis to go the other bank of the Taungthaman Lake. The sun setting on U Pain Bridge is spectacular.

Interesting Facts

Location Mandalay, over the Taungthaman Lake
Height & Length 15 feet high, 3/4 miles long
Design pedestrian wooden bridge supported by roughly 1,000 posts

15. Monkey Bridges, Vietnam

The Monkey Bridges actually look like only monkeys are able to cross them, because they are both very tight, light and shaky. But in fact, these bridges were called this way because you have to assume a monkey posture when you walk on them, so you don’t fall over. For tourists, they definitely look like a challenge, but for locals this is just part of the daily routine.

Interesting Facts

Location Mekong Delta, Southern Vietnam
Height & Length they are made by locals so they are short and not very high
Design older ones are made of bamboo logs and a rope handrail, newer ones are made of concrete

16. Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado

The Royal Gorge Bridge is one of the highest suspension bridges in the world and the highest in North America. The scariest thing about the bridge is the gorge underneath it, which is also known as the Grand Canyon of the Arkansas. The 90 stories high dates since 1929, but it didn’t feature stabilizing wind cables up until 1982.

Interesting Facts

Location Fremont County, Colorado, near Cañon City; over the Arnkansas River
Height & Length 955 feet high, 1,260 feet long
Design steel suspension bridge with a wooden walkway

17. Sidu River Bridge, China

At the time of the construction, Sidu River Bridge was the highest in the world. For those afraid of heights, the huge gorge underneath can look quite scary. It’s less known though that Sidu River Bridge wasn’t built for transportation, so it’s not supposed to be able to carry cars. It’s simply a touristic attraction.

Interesting Facts

Location Badong County, Hubei, China; close to Yesanguan, over Sidu River
Height & Length 496 meter high, 1,222 meter long
Design suspension bridge with pilot cables

18. Hanging Bridge of Ghasa, Nepal

The Hanging Bridge of Ghasa was built to ease the traffic of shepherds and their animals. The bridge is very tight and extremely shaky. Sharing the experience of crossing this bridge with a bunch of animals can increase the thrill. The extensive use of this bridge on a daily basis left it in questionable condition.

Interesting Facts

Location Kushma, Nepal
Height & Length 70 meter high, 137 meter high
Design suspension bridge made of rope and wire

19. Kakum Canopy Walk, Ghana

Kakum Canopy Walk is basically a very narrow wood plank, some steel bars and rope put together over the abyss. Those brave enough to walk on it will experience some bouncing and swinging. This is enough to give you an adrenaline rush, but don’t forget to count on birds and monkeys to come into your path too; it can be both beautiful and scary. The bridge is located on a jungle portion that is mostly for climbers.

Interesting Facts

Location Kakum National Park
Height & Length 100 feet high, 1,000 feet long
Design rope footbridge connecting 7 trees

20. Iya Valley Vine Bridges, Japan

The three Iya Valley Bridges were made originally of vines alone, creating a true jungle experience for the visitors. Later, they were reinforced with wire, but with the small wood planks with big spaces between them, the swinging and bouncing, these bridges require a bit of courage to be crossed. The location is secluded and very wild and it used to be a hiding place for thieves and refugees.

Interesting Facts

Location on Shikoku Island, near Tokushima; over the Iya-gawa River
Height & Length 46 feet high, 148 feet long
Design vine and wire suspension bridge with handrails

There are probably many more dangerous bridges around the world but thee are the one’s that stood out to us. Let us know in the comments below if you think there are other bridges that should have made it to this hazardous list!

Comments

  1. Wang 140 Comments
     -  03 Jan 2017

    Needs improvement

    I myself drove through the Sidu River Bridge several times, and it’s in fact part of the main highways across China. So it’s completely nonsense that this bridge is not supposed to be able to carry cars. Also, it’s really ridiculous to spend over $100M for ‘a tourist attraction’.

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