Gorgeous photos of bridges in every state
There are at least 600,000 bridges in the United States, and millions of people cross these structures for anything from a daily commute to a cross-country roadtrip, according to Bridge Masters.
Bridges have been an integral component of global transportation for more than 3,000 years, but have changed drastically since the ancient Roman era, when people were dependent on the model of a traditional arch bridge made out of stone. Today, there are seven major designs: arch bridges, beam bridges, truss bridges, cantilever bridges, tied arch bridges, suspension bridges, and cable-stayed bridges. The most common type is a beam bridge, owing to its simplicity.
Stacker has compiled a list of favorite photographs of America’s bridges in all 50 states, from the country’s highest suspension bridge to what may be the last wire-supported bridge in the United States.
Read on to see which extraordinary pictures define bridges in America today.
Alabama: Kymulga Covered Bridge
The Kymulga Covered Bridge is a historic landmark in Childersburg, Alabama. It was constructed in the 1860s, and is one of three remaining covered bridges in the state. Before it was closed to traffic, it carried the Old Georgia Road over Talladega Creek.
Alaska: Old Knik River Bridge
Old Knik River Bridge in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough of Alaska was a through bridge on Old Glenn Highway before it was abandoned in 1975. It’s a Pennsylvania through truss bridge with a Camelback profile.
Arizona: Glen Canyon Dam Bridge
Glen Canyon Bridge located in the Glen Canyon Dam was constructed in 1959, and at the time of completion, was the highest arch bridge in the world. The bridge is made of steel and spans 1,271 feet.
Arkansas: Clinton Presidential Park Bridge
Once known as the Rock Island Railroad Bridge, the Little Rock bridge, built in 1899 was renovated and renamed the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge, dedicated by President Bill Clinton in 2011. The bridge is one of the city’s three downtown river crossings and features environmentally friendly LED lights.
California: Rocky Creek Bridge
Rocky Creek Bridge in Carmel, California, was completed and opened to the public in 1932. A beach of the same name lies beneath the bridge, but it is private property.
Colorado: Royal Gorge Bridge
Royal Gorge Bridge in Canon City, Colorado, is the country’s highest suspension bridge. The bridge is 956 feet above the Arkansas River.
Connecticut: East Haddam Swing Bridge
The East Haddam Swing Bridge in Haddam, Connecticut, was built in 1913 and designed by engineer Alfred Boller. The bridge was one of the first two in Connecticut to be paid for directly by the state.
Delaware: Indian River Inlet Bridge
Construction on the Indian River Inlet Bridge in Sussex County, Delaware was renovated in 2008 and completed in 2012. The bridge is 2,600 feet long and supported by four 249-foot-tall pylon towers.
Florida: Dames Point Bridge
The Dames Point Bridge opened in 1987 in Jacksonville, Florida. It was the longest cable-stayed bridge in the United States until 2005.
Georgia: Talmadge Memorial Bridge
Talmadge Memorial Bridge in Savannah, Georgia, was completed in 1990 and cost almost $80 million. The bridge spans a total of 1.9 miles and carries two lanes of traffic.2018 All rights reserved.