Akashi Kaikyō Bridge

Akashi Kaikyō Bridge
明石海峡大橋
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Akashi Kaikyō Bridge from the air
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Carriessix lanes of roadway
CrossesAkashi Strait
LocaleAwaji Island and Kobe
Other name(s)Pearl bridge
Maintained byHonshu-Shikoku Bridge Authority
Characteristics
DesignSuspension bridge
Total length3,911 metres (12,831 ft; 2.430 mi)
Height282.8 metres (928 ft) (pylons)
Longest span1,991 metres (6,532 ft; 1.237 mi)
Clearance below65.72 metres (215.6 ft)
History
DesignerSatoshi Kashima
Construction begin1988
Construction end1998
OpenedApril 5, 1998
Statistics
Toll¥2,300
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The Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge (明石海峡大橋, Akashi Kaikyō Ō-hashi), also known as the Pearl Bridge, is the world's longest suspension bridge.[1]

Akashi-Kaikyō connects the island of Honshu with Awaji Island in the Seto Inland Sea. The bridge is part of the Honshu-Shikoku Highway which allows cars to cross the Akashi Strait.[1]

History

Construction begin in May 1988. The bridge was opened on April 5, 1998.[1]

The cost of building the bridge is estimated at 500 billion yen.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Cooper, James D. "World's Longest Suspension Bridge Opens in Japan," Public Roads (US), July/August 1998, Vol. 62, No. 1; retrieved 2012-3-24.

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