List of longest continuous truss bridge spans

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The Braga Bridge is a continuous truss bridge. It was the fourth longest span of this type when it was completed in 1966.

This list of continuous bridge spans ranks the world's continuous truss bridges in two ways. First by the length of main span (the longest length of unsupported roadway) and second by the total length of continuous truss spans.

This list includes bridges that act primarily as a continuous truss. These bridges may appear to be—or may incorporate elements of—a different design. For example, the list includes the Francis Scott Key Bridge which incorporates an arch shape into the design, but is continuous across multiple spans. The Key Bridge acts first as a continuous truss bridge and secondarily as an arch bridge. This list does not include cantilever bridges.

Only bridges that are currently in use are included in the rankings. Bridges currently being planned, designed, or constructed and bridges that have been demolished are noted separately.

List ranked by length of main span[edit]

The length of main span is the most common method of comparing the size of bridges. The length of the main span will often correlate with the depth of the truss (height the truss from bottom to top) and the engineering complexity involved in designing and constructing the bridge.

For bridges that have the same span length, the older bridge is listed first.

Note: Click on each bridge's rank to go to the bridge's official Web site. Ranks with a red asterisk (*) do not have official Web sites (or they do not have an English-language version) and are linked instead to a reference entry.
    Rank Name Location Main
span
metres
Main
span
feet
Year
opened
Ikitsuki OHashi.jpg [1]* Ikitsuki Bridge
(The longest span from 1991 to the present)
Japan Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan 400 1312   1991
USACE Astoria-Megler Bridge.jpg [2] * Astoria-Megler Bridge
(The longest span from 1966 to 1991)
United States Astoria, Oregon, USA 376 1,232   1966
Francis Scott Key Bridge.jpg [3] Francis Scott Key Bridge United States Baltimore, Maryland, USA 366 1,200   1977
Beijing-Shanghai express railway2.jpg [4] Dashengguan Bridge China Nanjing, China 336 1,102   2010
Oshima Big Bridge-2.jpg [5] * Oshima Bridge Japan Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan 325 1,066   1976
Tenmon-bridge-misumiside.jpg [6] * Tenmon Bridge Japan Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan 300 984   1966
Kuronoseto Ohashi.jpg [7] Kuronoseto Bridge Japan Kuronoseto, Japan 300 984   1974
Cincinnati-Taylor-Soutgate-Bridge.JPG [8] * Taylor-Southgate Bridge United States Cincinnati, Ohio / Newport, Kentucky, USA 259 850   1995
Julien Dubuque Bridge 066951pr.jpg [9] * Julien Dubuque Bridge United States Dubuque, Iowa / East Dubuque, Illinois, USA 258 845   1943
Braga Bridge.JPG [10] Braga Bridge United States Somerset / Fall River, Massachusetts, USA 256 840   1966
KamagariBridge 02.jpg [11] * Kamakari bridge Japan Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan 255 837   1979
Linked image [12] * Earle C. Clements (Shawneetown) Bridge United States Old Shawneetown, Illinois / Union County, Kentucky, USA 251.5 826   1955
Bob Cummings - Lincoln Trail Bridge.jpg [13] * Bob Cummings - Lincoln Trail Bridge United States Cannelton, Indiana / Hawesville, Kentucky, USA 251.3 825   1966
Cairo I-57 Bridge 1997.jpg [14] * Cairo I-57 Bridge United States Charleston, Missouri / Cairo, Illinois, USA 250 821   1978
Kite photo big Suspension Bridge2.jpg [15] Yoshima Bridge Japan Seto Inland Sea, Japan 245 804   1988
Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge2.JPG [16] Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge United States Kingston, New York, USA 244 800   1957
Donholt.JPG [17] * Don N. Holt Bridge United States Charleston, South Carolina, USA 244 800   1992
Linked image [18] * Phil G McDonald Bridge United States Beckley, West Virginia, USA 239 785   1988
Linked image [19] * Rochester-Monaca Bridge United States Rochester, Pennsylvania, USA 238 780   1986
SciotovilleBridge.jpg [20] * Sciotoville Bridge (2 spans) United States Sciotodale, Ohio / Limeville, Kentucky, USA 236 775   1916
Linked image [21] * Rockpile Road Bridge United States Sonoma County, California, USA 230 753   1978
SewickleyBridge.JPG [22] * Sewickley Bridge United States Sewickley, Pennsylvania, USA 229 750   1981
BetsyRossBridge.jpg [23] Betsy Ross Bridge United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 222 729   1976
MatthewWelshBridge.jpg [24] * Matthew E. Welsh Bridge United States Mauckport, Indiana, USA 221 725   1966



List ranked by total length[edit]

It is also possible to rank continuous truss bridges by the sum of the continuous spans.

Note that if the bridge has an expansion joint (a discontinuity), the sections of the bridge would be considered separate (by the definition of a continuous bridge) for the purposes of this ranking. The Yoshima Bridge is an example of this. It consists of two continuous-truss sections that together have five total spans. The first section (or unit) is 2-span continuous, 125 m + 137 m; the second section is a 3-span unit, 165 m + 245 m + 165 m.[1]

Rank Name Location Individual span lengths
in feet or meters
Total length in
feet and meters
Beijing-Shanghai express railway2.jpg 1 Dashengguan Bridge China Nanjing, China 108 + 192 + 336 + 336 + 192 + 108 meters [2] 4,173 feet (1,272 m)
Francis Scott Key Bridge.jpg 2 Francis Scott Key Bridge United States Baltimore, Maryland, USA 219.6 + 366 + 219.6 meters [3] 2,640 feet (800 m)
Ikitsuki OHashi.jpg 3 Ikitsuki OHashi Bridge Japan Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan 200 + 400 + 200 meters [3] 2,625 feet (800 m)
USACE Astoria-Megler Bridge.jpg 4 Astoria-Megler Bridge United States Astoria, Oregon, USA 616 + 1,232 + 616 feet (188 m) [3] 2,464 feet (751 m)

History of the record span[edit]

Name Location Main span
in meters (feet)
Longest
from
Longest
to
Ikitsuki OHashi.jpg Ikitsuki OHashi Bridge Japan Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan 400 m (1,300 ft) 1991 present
USACE Astoria-Megler Bridge.jpg Astoria-Megler Bridge United States Astoria, Oregon, USA 375.6 m (1,232 ft) 1966 1991
NRW, Duisburg-Hochfelder Eisenbahnbrucke 01.jpg Duisburg-Rheinhausen Bridge Germany Duisburg, Germany 254.5 meters (835 ft) 1945 1966
SciotovilleBridge.jpg Sciotoville Bridge United States Sciotodale, Ohio, USA 236 meters (774 ft) 1917 1945

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References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Authority. "Yoshima Bridge". Archived from the original on 2008-02-14. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  2. ^ http://en.structurae.de/structures/data/index.cfm?id=s0029852
  3. ^ a b c Ewert, Sven (2003). Brücken (Bridges) (in German). Ernst & Sohn. p. 43. ISBN 3-433-01612-7. Retrieved 2008-07-11.