Top 10 Longest Bridges in the US

The dictionary defines a bridge as: ‘A structure built to span physical obstacles without closing the way underneath such as a body of water, valley, or road, for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle.’

Millions and millions of dollars and countless hours of labor go into creating some of these enormous beasts. All structures are built for very specific purposes. To us, bridges are like useful works of art. The longest bridges in the US are all over the country and you might even encounter them on a daily basis if you live nearby. While many bridges are quite impressive in length, these top ten are longer than anything else you’ll drive across in the U.S.

Here are the top 10 longest bridges in the US that are breathtaking…

10.) General W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge

longest bridges in the us General W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge

Built from 1978 to 1980, it spans a distance over 6 miles long. The state of Alabama decided to name in honor of Walter K. Wilson, a Chief of Engineers with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and long-term resident.

He was credited with being one of the first people recognizing the need to construct a high-level bridge over a river that would not impede waterway development. Therefore, the state of Alabama named the bridge in his honor after completion of construction in 1978.

 

9.) Sunshine Skyway Bridge

longest bridges in the us Sunshine Skyway Bridge

The state of Florida started construction of the current bridge began in 1982. They completed the bridge on February 7, 1987.  The new bridge cost $244 million to build, and was opened to traffic on April 20, 1987.

It replaced an older bridge constructed in 1954, which was partly destroyed in a collision in 1980. It is constructed of steel and concrete.