5 Most Impressive Constructions Worldwide – Part 2
State Route 520 Bridge, Seattle – USA
This is the longest floating bridge in the world: 2350 metres across Lake Washington in Seattle.
Also called the “Evergreen Point Floating Bridge”, this structure is the replacement of the older bridge, built in the early sixties.
Russky Bridge – Russia
Opened in 2012, the Russky Bridge is the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world (1104 metres). It connects the Russky Island and the Muravyov-Amursky Peninsula of the city of Vladivostok.
Built in a site with rough climate conditions, the bridge was engineered to endure drastic temperatures variations, storms and ice formations during winter.
Skytree – Japan
This building is a broadcasting, restaurant and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo. Completed in 2012, it has a seismic proofing to make it earthquake resistant.
The exterior lattice is painted with an original colour officially called “Skytree White”. The tower is illuminated daily, alternating between Iki sky blue and Miyabi purple.
London Crossrail – UK
Also known as the “Elizabeth line”, this railway line is currently under development in London and should open in December 2019. It will connect central London to the home countries of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Essex.
The main challenge is to build the 21km of tunnels below central London. Once in service, the purple line should be able to carry passengers to and from Heathrow airport into central London in about 20 minutes.
Viaduc de Millau Bridge – France
This bridge is the tallest of the world, with one mast’s summit at 343 metres. Located in the South of France, near Millau, this structure allows travellers to cut down on driving time.
It is also improving the traffic for locals. It made a guest appearance in the film “Mr. Bean’s Holiday” and welcomed the team from Top Gear during season 7 of the show.