The 18 most terrifying bridges in the world feature steep slopes and stomach-churning heights - take a look
- The world's scariest bridges are known for their steep slopes and stomach-churning heights.
- Some bridges that may look terrifying are actually relatively safe to cross, like the Sidu River Bridge in China.
- Others, like the U Bein Bridge in Myanmar, may be on the verge of collapse.
On the morning of August 14, a fierce thunderstorm struck the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, sending the decades-old structure tumbling to the ground.
In the years leading up to the collapse, engineers had warned that the bridge might not be structurally sound, but the timing was ill-fated. Just as the bridge's maintenance company began to embark on repairs, the storm derailed their efforts.
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Determining whether a bridge is "safe" is a complicated question. In the United States, one of out every ten bridges is considered "structurally deficient," meaning it's in need of significant maintenance or repair. That includes the Brooklyn Bridge, which carries more than 100,000 vehicles each day.
While it's difficult to tell if a bridge is dangerous just by looking at it, a few bridges are downright terrifying to cross no matter their stability.
We've rounded up some of the scariest bridges in the world, which are notable for their stomach-churning heights, rickety guardrails, and steep slopes that seem to defy engineering logic. Take a look.
To build the Langkawi Sky Bridge in Malaysia, a construction team had to lift the structure by helicopter.
It only took six months to build the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado, which hovers more than 950 feet above the Arkansas River.
The Cloud Bridge at Daedunsan Mountain in South Korea slopes above a narrow canyon.
The Aiguille du Midi bridge in the French Alps is accessible by cable car.
It costs about $20 to cross the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge in China.
Japan's Eshima Ohashi Bridge looks like a rollercoaster.
The Titlis Cliff Walk in the Swiss Alps is Europe’s highest suspension bridge.
To get to the Trift Bridge in Switzerland, visitors have to take a cable car, then hike around 1.5 miles uphill.
There have been a few deaths on the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver.
Construction workers had to use a rocket to build the suspension cable on China's Sidu River Bridge.
Ireland's Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge offers a shaky pathway to a small island.
Ghana's Kakum Canopy Walk isn't for the faint of heart.
The Hussaini Hanging Bridge in Pakistan was once so unsteady, it washed away and had to be rebuilt.
Nepal's Hanging Bridge of Ghasa is used to herd cattle.
New Zealand's Kawarau Bridge is the world's first commercial bungee jumping site.
The teakwood pillars on Myanmar's U Bein Bridge are decaying, leading to concerns that it may one day collapse.
China's Tianmen Skywalk is only 3 feet wide.
The Windsor Bridge in Gibraltar is located along a path called "Thrill Seekers Trail."
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