Way before the internet, cellphones and even airplanes, people from different regions had a hard time staying connected. Rivers, valleys and rough terrain made travel very difficult in various regions around the globe. One of the major improvements in this area was the development of the bridge.
From its earliest stages built from wood and rope, meant solely for travel by foot, to the massive modern bridges that carry trains and cars with no limit, bridges have always been, and will always be, an important part of our daily commute.
And while all bridges are important, each fulfilling its own role, some are more notable than others.
In New York City, there are two bridges that immediately catch our eye, the Brooklyn Bridge and the George Washington Bridge.
The Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest suspension bridges in the world, opened in 1883 and connects Brooklyn with Manhattan. While it is mostly famous for its beautiful view of downtown Manhattan, there is an interesting story behind this bridge. Back when it was brand new, many people were very skeptical that it could hold the necessary weight. So a week after its opening, the famous Barnum circus led 21 elephants across the bridge in order to calm the public’s nerves.
As for the George Washington Bridge, which opened in 1931, this double-decker is passageway for roughly 106 million people each year! Yes, this bridge is the busiest bridge on the planet, as it connects commuters from New Jersey to New York.
In addition to these two iconic bridges, there are many more all over the world that hold various records and are definitely newsworthy.
The famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is the most photographed bridge in the world. With its beautiful red color crossing across the bay, it is record well deserved!
China, a bridge empire in its own right, is home to 11 of the 15 longest bridges in the world. This includes the Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge, which at an astonishing 102 miles (163 km) is the longest bridge in the world.
In Sydney, Australia, the famous Sydney Harbor Bridge is the widest bridge in the world. In addition, it is a beautiful piece of architecture and a welcome addition to the Sydney skyline.
And the list can go on forever, from brick bridges in Germany, to modern rail bridges in Japan, bridges hold a significant role in our history, development and future.