Akashi Kaikyō Bridge, also called “Pearl Bridge”, is located in Japan and considered as Japan’s finest engineering feat. Akashi Kaikyō Bridge is the world’s longest suspension bridge in the world with a length of 3911 meters (12,831 ft). The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge serves as a link between the city of Kobe and Iwaya by crossing the Akashi strait. The construction was finished in a span of 12 years which actually begin in the year 1986 and completed in the year 1998. The bridge plays an important role in providing three routes across the inland sea.
The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge applies some of the best architectural design and technology across the three spans. The Akashi Kaikyō Suspension Bridge has been designed to withstand earthquakes and harsh sea conditions. The Kobe earthquake in January 17, 1995 is an example of the bridge’s strength.
Before the construction of the bridge, boats and ships (ferries) were used to carry passengers and vehicles across the Akashi strait. The Akashi strait is an international waterway approximately 1500 meters wide and serves as a shipping lane. The Akashi strait waterway was a dangerous waterway prior to the construction of the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge. In 1955, a severe storm came upon the area, in which two ferries sunk, resulting in the death of 168 people. As a result, the Japanese government developed a suspension bridge to cross the strait. Originally, the plan was to construct a railway along with a road bridge. But the construction was restricted to a road bridge consisting of 6 lanes.
The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge has become a tourist attraction in Japan. Two amazing parks have been built near the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. The two parks are named Maiko and Asagiri. The view of the bridge from the park is an absolutely magnificent sight. Both parks can be reached using the coastal train line.
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