List of bridges in the United States by height

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Royal Gorge Bridge, highest bridge in the United States

This is a list of the highest bridges in the United States by height over land or water. Height in this list refers to the distance from the bridge deck to the lowest point on the land, or the water surface, directly below. A bridge's deck height is greater than its clearance below, which is measured from the bottom of the deck structure, with the difference being equal to the thickness of the deck structure at the point with the greatest clearance below. Official figures for a bridge's height are often provided only for the clearance below, so those figures may be used instead of actual deck height measurements. For bridges that span tidal water, the clearance below is measured at the average high water level.

The minimum height for inclusion in this list is 130 ft (40 m), which may be either the deck height or the clearance below depending on available references. Note that the following types of bridges are not included in this list: demolished high bridges; historic high bridges such as those over reservoirs—regardless of current reservoir levels—that were filled after the bridge was complete, unless the dam has since been removed; and vertical-lift bridges, even those with raised span heights greater than this list's minimum height.

The clearance below required under bridges for the largest ships—container ships, ocean liners and cruise ships—is around 220 feet (67 m) so there are often bridges with approximately that height located in coastal cities with bays or inlets, such as New York City's Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.[1]

The top ten[edit]

The ten highest bridges in the United States:

List of bridges[edit]

Name Height (ft) Spans Completed State(s)
Royal Gorge Bridge 955 Arkansas River 1929 Colorado
Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge 900 Colorado River 2010 Arizona / Nevada
New River Gorge Bridge 876 New River 1977 West Virginia
Foresthill Bridge 730 American River 1973 California
Glen Canyon Dam Bridge 700 Colorado River 1959 Arizona
Phil G. McDonald Bridge (Glade Creek Bridge) 700 Glade Creek 1988 West Virginia
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge 565 Rio Grande 1965 New Mexico
Perrine Bridge 486 Snake River 1976 Idaho
Navajo Bridge (dual spans) 470 Colorado River 1929 / 1995 Arizona
Moyie River Canyon Bridge 464 Moyie River 1965 Idaho
Pine Valley Creek Bridge 450 Pine Valley Creek 1974 California
Cold Spring Canyon Arch Bridge 400 Cold Spring Canyon 1964 California
Burro Creek Bridge (dual spans)[2][3][4][note 1] 388 Burro Creek 1966 / 2005 Arizona
High Steel Bridge 375 Skokomish River 1929 Washington
Hoffstadt Creek Bridge[5][6] 370 Hoffstadt Creek 1994 Washington
Lewiston–Queenston Bridge 370 Niagara River 1962 New York / Ontario
Hansen Bridge 350 Snake River 1966 Idaho
Vance Creek Bridge 347 Vance Creek 1929 Washington
Thomas Creek Bridge 345 Thomas Creek 1961 Oregon
Fred G. Redmon Bridge 325 Selah Creek 1971 Washington
Rex T. Barber Veterans Memorial Bridge 300 Crooked River 2000 Oregon
Hurricane Gulch Bridge 296 Hurricane Gulch 1921 Alaska
Crooked River High Bridge 295 Crooked River 1926 Oregon
Galena Creek Bridge 295 Galena Creek 2012 Nevada
Sunlight Creek Bridge[7] 285 Sunlight Creek 1985 Wyoming
Young's High Bridge 283 Kentucky River 1889 Kentucky
High Bridge of Kentucky 275 Kentucky River 1877 Kentucky
Pecos River High Bridge 275 Pecos River 1944 Texas
Emlenton Bridge 270 Allegheny River 1968 Pennsylvania
Route 460 Connector Bridge 265 Grassy Creek 2016 Kentucky/Virginia[8][9]
Bixby Creek Bridge 260 Bixby Creek 1932 California
Confusion Hill Bridges (south span) 255 South Fork Eel River 2009 California
Fairfax Bridge 250 Carbon River 1921 Washington
Mingo Creek Viaduct 250 Mingo Creek 2002 Pennsylvania
George Westinghouse Bridge 240 Turtle Creek 1932 Pennsylvania
Jeremiah Morrow Bridge 239 Little Miami River 2016 Ohio
Kuskulana River Bridge[10] 238 Kuskulana River 1910 Alaska
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge 228 The Narrows 1964 New York
Peter Guice Memorial Bridge 225 Green River 1972 North Carolina
Whirlpool Rapids Bridge 225 Niagara River 1897 New York / Ontario
Golden Gate Bridge 220 Golden Gate 1937 California
Laurel Creek Gorge Bridge 220 Laurel Creek 2002 North Carolina
San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge (western span) 220 San Francisco Bay 1936 California
George Washington Bridge 212 Hudson River 1931 New York / New Jersey
Valley View Bridge 212 Cuyahoga Valley 1977 Ohio
Lewis and Clark Bridge 210 Columbia River 1930 Oregon / Washington
Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge 206 Narragansett Bay 1969 Rhode Island
St. Johns Bridge 205 Willamette River 1931 Oregon
Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge 203 Fox River 1981 Wisconsin
Rainbow Bridge 202 Niagara River 1941 New York / Ontario
Hite Crossing Bridge 200 Colorado River 1966 Utah
Mackinac Bridge 200 Straits of Mackinac 1957 Michigan
Mon–Fayette Expressway Bridge 200 Monongahela River 2013 Pennsylvania
Red Cliff Bridge 200 Eagle River 1940 Colorado
San Diego–Coronado Bridge 200 San Diego Bay 1969 California
Tacoma Narrows Bridge (dual spans) 200 Tacoma Narrows 1950 / 2007 Washington
Astoria–Megler Bridge 196 Columbia River 1966 Oregon / Washington
Commodore Barry Bridge 192 Delaware River 1974 Pennsylvania / New Jersey
San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge (eastern span) 191 San Francisco Bay 2013 California
Hawk Falls Bridge[11] 190 Mud Run 1957 Pennsylvania
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge 186 Cooper River 2005 South Carolina
Chesapeake Bay Bridge (dual spans) 186 Chesapeake Bay 1952 / 1973 Maryland
Francis Scott Key Bridge 185 Patapsco River 1977 Maryland
Richmond–San Rafael Bridge 185 San Francisco Bay 1956 California
Sidney Lanier Bridge 185 Brunswick River 2003 Georgia
Talmadge Memorial Bridge 185 Savannah River 1991 Georgia
Vincent Thomas Bridge 185 Los Angeles Harbor 1963 California
Sunshine Skyway Bridge 181 Tampa Bay 1987 Florida
Deception Pass Bridge 180 Puget Sound 1935 Washington
Fred Hartman Bridge 178 Houston Ship Channel 1995 Texas
Rainbow Bridge 177 Neches River 1936 Texas
Dames Point Bridge 175 St. Johns River 1989 Florida
Fremont Bridge 175 Willamette River 1973 Oregon
Horace Wilkinson Bridge 175 Mississippi River 1968 Louisiana
Sam Houston Ship Channel Bridge 175 Houston Ship Channel 1982 Texas
Wilson Creek Bridge 175 Wilson Creek 2001 Virginia
Delaware Memorial Bridge (dual spans) 174 Delaware River 1951 / 1968 Delaware / New Jersey
Beaver River Bridge 170 Beaver River 1952 Pennsylvania
Crescent City Connection (dual spans) 170 Mississippi River 1958 / 1988 Louisiana
E. H. Swindell Bridge[12] 170 East Street Valley 1930 Pennsylvania
Sunshine Bridge 170 Mississippi River 1964 Louisiana
Wissahickon Memorial Bridge 170 Wissahickon Creek 1932 Pennsylvania
Veterans Memorial Bridge 165 Mississippi River 1995 Louisiana
Quechee Gorge Bridge 163 Ottauquechee River 1911 Vermont
Hi-Line Railroad Bridge 162 Sheyenne River 1908 North Dakota
High Bridge 160 Mississippi River 1987 Minnesota
Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge 158 Mississippi River 1983 Louisiana
Bear Mountain Bridge 155 Hudson River 1924 New York
Blue Water Bridge (dual spans) 155 St. Clair River 1938 / 1997 Michigan / Ontario
Gerald Desmond Bridge 155 Cerritos Channel 1968 California
Huey P. Long Bridge (Jefferson Parish) 153 Mississippi River 1935 Louisiana
Walt Whitman Bridge 153 Delaware River 1957 Pennsylvania / New Jersey
Ambassador Bridge 152 Detroit River 1929 Michigan / Ontario
Mathews Bridge 152 St. Johns River 1953 Florida
Bayonne Bridge 151 Kill Van Kull 1931 New York / New Jersey
Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge 150 Coos Bay 1936 Oregon
John E. Fitzgerald Bridge (Clarks Summit Bridge)[13][14][15] 150 U.S. Routes 6 and 11 1955 Pennsylvania
Paul Bryant Bridge 150 Black Warrior River 2004 Alabama
Rosendale Trestle 150 Rondout Creek 1872 New York
Thousand Islands Bridge 150 Saint Lawrence River 1937 New York / Ontario
Varina-Enon Bridge 150 James River 1990 Virginia
Carquinez Bridge (dual spans) 148 Carquinez Strait 1958 / 2003 California
Cut River Bridge 147 Cut River 1947 Michigan
Walnut Lane Bridge 147 Wissahickon Creek 1908 Pennsylvania
Jordan Bridge 145 Southern Branch Elizabeth River 2012 Virginia
Glenn L. Jackson Memorial Bridge 144 Columbia River 1982 Oregon / Washington
Henry Hudson Bridge 143 Spuyten Duyvil Creek 1936 New York
Outerbridge Crossing 143 Arthur Kill 1928 New York / New Jersey
Triborough Bridge (Robert F. Kennedy Bridge) 143 East River 1936 New York
Throgs Neck Bridge 142 East River 1961 New York
Hart Bridge 141 St. Johns River 1967 Florida
Cochrane–Africatown USA Bridge 140 Mobile River 1991 Alabama
Confusion Hill Bridges (north span) 140 South Fork Eel River 2008 California
Goethals Bridge 140 Arthur Kill 1928 New York / New Jersey
Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge 140 Patuxent River 1977 Maryland
High Bridge (Aqueduct Bridge) 140 Harlem River 1848 / 1927 New York
Israel LaFleur Bridge 140 Calcasieu River 1962 Louisiana
Albertus L. Meyers Bridge 138 Little Lehigh Creek 1913 Pennsylvania
Benicia–Martinez Bridge (dual spans) 138 Carquinez Strait 1962 / 2007 California
Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge 138 Port of Corpus Christi 1959 Texas
Tappan Zee Bridge 138 Hudson River 1955 New York
Cascade Creek Trestle[16][17] 137 Cascade Creek 1889 Colorado
U.S. Route 20 Iowa River Bridge[18][19] 137 Iowa River 2003 Iowa
Antioch Bridge 135 San Joaquin River 1978 California
Benjamin Franklin Bridge 135 Delaware River 1926 Pennsylvania / New Jersey
Betsy Ross Bridge 135 Delaware River 1976 Pennsylvania / New Jersey
Bourne Bridge, Sagamore Bridge 135 Cape Cod Canal 1935 Massachusetts
Bronx–Whitestone Bridge 135 East River 1939 New York
Brooklyn Bridge 135 East River 1883 New York
Calcasieu River Bridge 135 Calcasieu River 1952 Louisiana
Charles M. Braga Jr. Memorial Bridge 135 Taunton River 1965 Massachusetts
Delaware River–Turnpike Toll Bridge 135 Delaware River 1956 Pennsylvania / New Jersey
Girard Point Bridge[20] 135 Schuylkill River 1985 Pennsylvania
Gold Star Memorial Bridge (dual spans) 135 Thames River 1943 / 1973 Connecticut
Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge 135 Potomac River 1940 Maryland / Virginia
Hell Gate Bridge 135 East River 1916 New York
Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge 135 Narragansett Bay 1992 Rhode Island
Manhattan Bridge 135 East River 1909 New York
Mount Hope Bridge 135 Mount Hope Bay 1929 Rhode Island
Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory 135 Penobscot River 2006 Maine
San Mateo–Hayward Bridge 135 San Francisco Bay 1967 California
Sidney Sherman Bridge 135 Houston Ship Channel 1973 Texas
Tobin Bridge 135 Mystic River 1950 Massachusetts
Williamsburg Bridge 135 East River 1903 New York
All-America Bridge 134 Little Cuyahoga River 1982 Ohio
Washington Bridge 134 Harlem River 1888 New York
Queensboro Bridge (59th Street Bridge) 130 East River 1909 New York

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The americanbridge.net reference for Burro Creek Bridge provides a vertical clearance figure of 370 ft (113 m) which is 18 ft (5 m) lower than the deck heights for the two spans of this bridge as provided by highestbridges.com, the difference being due to the deck truss height.

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Sakowski, Eric (December 5, 2010). "Burro Creek 2005 Bridge". highestbridges.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Burro Creek Bridge, Completion Date: March 01, 1966". americanbridge.net. n.d. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  5. ^ Janberg, Nicolas (February 5, 2016). "Hoffstadt Creek Bridge". structurae.net. Archived from the original on October 25, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
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  15. ^ "Benesch Transportation Projects [height ref: see 5th photo by scrolling down photo gallery, click on Clarks Summit Bridge photo, caption states height as 150 feet]". benesch.com. Alfred Benesch & Company. n.d. Archived from the original on October 27, 2016. Retrieved October 28, 2016. 
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  18. ^ "The US 20 bridge over the Iowa River is a major transportation improvement and a distinctive feat of modern engineering". iowadot.gov. Iowa Department of Transportation. 2003. Archived from the original on May 23, 2009. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 
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