Image : DA NANG, VIETNAM
- The ecofriendly bridge: The Kurilpa Bridge in Brisbane, Australia is one of the longest footbridges in the world. It’s also the largest hybrid tensegrity bridge, leveraging synergy between balanced tension and compression components to create a light structure that is also incredibly strong.
- The highest bridge on earth was completed in 2016: the Beipanjiang Bridge, in mountainous southwestern China, rises 1,854 feet above a river. It took the highest bridge record from the Si Du River Bridge in the central province of Hubei, also in China.
- Bridges can be made from glass: On August 20, 2016, the highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge in the world was opened in China. It crosses China’s Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon in the Hunan Province. The bridge is suspended more than 1,400 feet above the valley and is almost 1,000 feet long.
- The Inca civilization in South America made use of rope bridges in the Andes Mountains before the Europeans colonized in the 1500’s. These rope bridges spanned canyons and gorges, allowing easy access to otherwise difficult to reach areas.
- The Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia can rise or fall up to 18 cm (7.1 inches) depending on the temperature due to the steel expanding or contracting. It also features 6 million rivets and weighs 39006 tonnes.