This ‘Rollercoaster Bridge’ In Japan Will Definitely Blow Your Mind

Eshima Ohashi is a 44 meters tall bridge in Japan, and it’s the third largest rigid-frame bridge in the world. The bridge was built on the banks of Lake Nakaumi and its construction began in 1997. However, the bridge was opened to traffic only in 2004.

If you see these photos, scary thoughts will probably come into your mind. Is it a bridge or a roller coaster? You would ask. But we assure you, it’s a bridge, not that we saw it yet, but we have the info pal, and it’s the truth.

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The bridge connects cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato. And don’t worry Japanese authorities say the design is safe and was done for a good reason. Can you guess it, why all this height? It’s because they wanted to let ships pass underneath.

The connecting bridge of two cities is about 1.7km long and 11.3m wide.

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The bridge has a gradient of 5.1 percent on the Tottori Prefecture side and 6.1 percent on the Shimane Prefecture side, making its slope look like the apex of a rollercoaster. And probably, if you go there for the first time, in addition to wearing a seatbelt, you might want to bring a barf bag when driving along this road.

As looking at it from this angle, the steep incline looks daunting…And It makes one think that the cars might even slip in there.

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While these photos make the bridge look pretty terrifying — perspective is everything. The side shots of the bridge don’t look as dramatic or scary.

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Any thoughts on this architectural piece? Would you be brave enough to drive in this bridge? Let us know in the comments section below. We’ll be reading your comments.

 

H/T: metdaan

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