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Akashi Kaikyo Bridge 1998

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  • Awaji Island and Kobe, Japan
  • Across Akashi Strait
  • Main span 1991m/6,532ft
  • Suspension bridge
  • 6 lane highway
  • Length 3911m/12837ft
  • Designed by Honshu Shikoku Bridge Authority
  • Construction started in May 1986
  • It was stretched by a further metre in the Kobe earthquake in 1995
  • World's longest span suspension bridge

Deck

  • The older, American-style, deep truss made up of 290 girder sections

Towers

  • X configuration steel towers
  • 298m/978ft high

Piers

  • Colossal pier caissons were required in the shipping straights
  • 80m/260ft by 70m/230ft deep

Cables

  • Vertical hangers
  • Main cables are 1.12m diameter