On December 30, 2016, the HIGHEST bridge in the world – the Beipanjiang Bridge – opened to traffic in China. It is 1,854 feet above the Beipanjiang River and connects two mountainous regions. Most of the highest bridges – highest being the measurement from the bridge deck to the water or ground – are in China.
I can’t grasp this height so I tried comparing it to a few bridges I knew and have driven over (as a passenger).
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay is a mere 180 feet high.
The George Washington Bridge in NYC is only 212 feet above the Hudson River.
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is just 220 feet high.
It bears repeating, the highest bridge in the world is 1,854 feet above the earth. It’s nearly 9 times higher than the George Washington Bridge.
Clearly, I don’t know how high, high is.
I had to dig deeper.
The Hoover Dam Bridge (which I attempted to walk across a few years ago) is only 900 feet high. The highest bridge is twice as high as this!
I then looked to buildings.
The Empire State Building, with its spires, soars 1,454 feet into the air.
One World Trade Center in NYC is 1,776 feet tall.
Close enough. But I don’t think I’ll visit its Observatory to try to get a bit of the sensation of being on the world’s highest bridge. If you visit either, let me know how it is.