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15 Terrifying Bridges You Don’t Want To Cross

Nora Hughes

Bridges are a testament to man’s ability to solve problems and overcome obstacles, and much like the story of man is rich and varied, so is the history of the bridge. In fact, the history of bridges goes hand in hand with the rise of modern society.

Ancient Mesopotamian, while heavily regarded as the birthplace of modern civilization as we know it, was also on the forefront of science, technology, and engineering. Writing, math, the wheel, astronomy, and medicine all have roots in this ancient land, however, it was their invention of the bridge that helped connect the world and shape it into what we know it as today.

In the beginning bridges were very rudimentary structures that were designed to provide safe and easy passage over obstacles such as valleys, rough terrain and small bodies of water. These were built from easily accessible natural materials such as wooden logs, stone and dirt, but it was because of the materials used that limited these bridges in their application. Although undoubtedly innovative, early bridges lacked structural integrity as mortar was yet to be invented, thus, rain and wind would slowly, but inevitably, dissolved them. However, word spread across the ancient world of the basic principles surrounding bridges and when these engineering marvels reached Rome, everything began to change.

Ancient Roman engineers found that grinding volcanic rocks served as ideal material for making mortar, allowing bridges to be made stronger, larger and longer lasting than ever before. It was from the Romans example that the science behind bridge architecture and engineering spread through Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Since the original ancient bridges, mankind has broken down boundaries and designed and created numerous types of “safe passage.” Arch bridges, cantilever bridges, suspension bridges, truss bridges, the list goes on, but one thing that they all have in common is the fascination they hold for millions of people.

Today, bridges can be found in just about every country in the world, with many of them being considered beautiful accomplishments of man’s ability to design and create; blending function and aesthetic in ways that have captivated the attention of all. And while that is true for many bridges, there are a few exception. More specifically, there are some bridges that might have you questioning the sanity of those who designed it.

As we mentioned, bridges are designed to provide safe passage across ultimately dangerous and unfit terrain, however, it is due to this fact that certain bridges are in and of themselves a terrifying experience to cross.

So what are these landmarks that have gained infamy not by their function, but by fear they illicit? Glad you asked, for here are 15 of the most terrifying bridges you don’t want to cross.