Don’t look down, because for those who don’t cope well with great heights, these incredible photos show some of the most terrifying bridges in the world.
From rickety rope bridges to sky-high crossings suspended hundreds of feet from the ground, these awe-inspiring bridges are not for the faint hearted.
1. Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado, USA
Built in 1929, the Royal Gorge Bridge, located in Canon City, Colorado, didn’t have stabilising wind cables until 1982.
At 1,053 feet, it was the highest bridge in the world until 2003 – the same year a man in a wingsuit died while attempting a flyover.
2. Mackinac Bridge, Michigan, USA
At 26,372 long and ascending 200 feet above water, the Mackinac Bridge is currently the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world.
Drivers are often deterred from crossing the bridge due to 30 mph winds, which can move the structure right or left as much as 35 feet from the centre.
3. Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Maryland, USA
Situated in Maryland USA, the 220 foot high, 22,790 foot long William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge spans Chesapeake Bay.
When bad weather hits, drivers are blighted by poor visibility and violent storms, which batter the five-mile-long bridge.
4. Lake Ponchartrain Causeway Bridge, Louisiana, USA
Lake Ponchartrain Causeway Bridge is 24 mile-long and links New Orleans to Mandeville, in Louisiana, crossing the Lake Ponchartrain.
Land can’t be seen by motorists who are crossing the middle 8 miles of the bridge, making this one of the scariest bridges in the U.S.
5. Sidu River Bridge, Hubei Province, China
Sidu River Bridge is located in Badong County of the Hubei Province of China.
It opened in November 2009 and was the world’s highest bridge, rising more than 1,500 feet in the air.
6. Seven-Mile Bridge, Florida, USA
Located in Florida, this seven mile long and 65 feet high bridge links Knight’s Key to Little Duck Key.
The bridge itself doesn’t seem that scary, but its position in the Florida Keys makes it a prime target for the region’s many hurricanes.
7. Deception Pass Bridge, Washington, USA
The Deception Pass Bridge is a two-lane bridge linking Whidbey Island and Fidalgo in Deception Pass State Park.
If the drive over this foggy strait in the Puget Sound isn’t particularly scary to you, try walking over the narrow pedestrian lane at the edge of the bridge.
That’s where you’ll find especially hair-raising views of the rushing water directly below.
8. Confederation Bridge, New Brunswick, Canada
Located in Canada, this 12.9 km bridge opened on 31 May 1997.
It’s eight miles long and stretches over very, very cold water.
The curved bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water, and more than a decade after its construction, it endures as one of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the 20th century.
9. Khuiten River bridge, Bayan-Ölgii, Mongolia
Located in the northern part of the Altai mountain range, near the Chinese border, in Bayan-Ölgii, the westernmost of the provinces of Mongolia, the Khuiten River bridge is a short wooden bridge.
Impassable for two cars at the same time, this 100m bridge tests the skill, and courage, of any driver.
10. Captain William Moore Bridge, Alaska, USA
This unique bridge is located along the South Klondike Highway near Skagway, in Alaska.
It was finished in 1976 and spans 110-foot over Moore Creek Gorge.
Named for Captain William Moore, a pilot, prospector, packer, trader and riverboat captain, it crosses an active earthquake fault.
11. Volgograd Bridge, Volgograd, Russia
Inaugurated in 2009, Volgograd Bridge is 7.1 km long bridge located over the Volga River in the southern Russian city of Volgograd.
During a violent storm in May 2010, the roadway began to shake and oscillate, in a similar manner to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge before it collapsed in 1940.
The rippling roadway caused cars to be thrown into the air and careen into the opposite lane.
Reports say it bounces by more than three feet during strong winds, with a deafening screech accompanying the movement. But amazingly, it is yet to be shut down.
12. Quepos Bridge, Jaco to Quepos, Costa Rica
Known as The Bridge of Death or Oh My God bridge, this extremely narrow bridge is located on the road from Jaco to Quepos on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast.
It barely looks like it could hold a bicycle, let alone a 30 tonne lorry, but trucks cross this deathtrap on a regular basis.
13. Vitim River Bridge, Siberia, Russia
Located in Siberia, the Vitim River Bridge is an old train bridge crossing the Vitim River.
During the Siberian winter, driver’s nerves are tested as the wood turns into an ice slick that provides no traction whatsoever.
Surviving this bridge crossing is considered such an accomplishment that the 34 people who have done it created their own Facebook page.
14. Millau Viaduct, Massif Central mountains, France
Millau Viaduct is the tallest bridge in the world.
It’s located in southern France and crosses the River Tarn in the Massif Central mountains.
Its mast summit is at 343.0 metres (1,125 ft) above the base of the structure.
15. Gandy Bridge, Florida, USA
Located in Florida, USA, the bridge, also known as Friendship Trail Bridge spans 14,859 feet across the sea from Tampa to Clearwater.
The bridge is said to be so low, drivers often think they’ll end up in the water.
16. Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Tampa Bay, Florida, USA
Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a 6.7 km long bridge built over Tampa Bay, Florida, in USA.
Its height is 430 feet and is said to be the longest cable stayed concrete bridge in the world.
As many as 207 people have committed suicide by jumping off the centre span into the Tampa Bay waters since 1987 when the new bridge was reconstructed.
17. Eshima Ohashi Bridge, Matsue, Japan
Located in Western Japan, the Eshima Ohashi Bridge looks more like a roller coaster than a road.
It links the the city of Matsue in Shimane Prefecture to Sakaiminato in Tottori Prefecture and is basically a highway to outer space, a shortcut to vomiting from nausea, making driving over this thing one seriously thrilling car ride.
18. Bamboo Bridge, Kampong Cham, Cambodia
Located in Kampong Cham, a city in the East part of Cambodia, by Mekong’s bank, it’s a little bamboo one way bridge which connects the city with an island where there are some villages and several rice fields.
During the rainy season you can only access the island by boat but, in the dry season, when Mekong’s flow goes down, you can reach the island crossing the bamboo bridge.
19. Deosai bridge, Skardu Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan,
Located in the Deosai Park Road in Skardu Gilgit-Baltistan province, in northern Pakistan, the road has a length of 82.4 km.
It includes gravel, asphalt, river crossing and one of the scariest wood bridges in the world.
The road runs at an average altitude of 13,497 feet above the sea level.