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World's Scariest Bridges
Yahoo! ^ | September 2010 | Lyndsey Matthews

Posted on 09/29/2010 4:29:35 PM PDT by Pyro7480

Royal Gorge Bridge
Colorado

America's highest suspension bridge may be breathtaking for some, but those scared of heights may be left gasping for air as they stare straight down nearly 90 stories at the Arkansas River below. Completed in 1929, the bridge didn't have stabilizing wind cables until 1982.

Where: Royal Gorge, Colorado, over the Arkansas River.

Stats: 969 feet above the gorge; 1,260 feet long....

Mackinac Bridge
Michigan

Some drivers get so nervous about crossing this five-mile-long bridge that they don't even go. And this happens so often that the Mackinac Bridge Authority will drive your car or motorcycle for you (and for free). The biggest fear is the wind, which often exceeds 30 miles per hour on the bridge.

Where: Between Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas.

Stats: 5 miles long; 199 feet above the water....

Chesapeake Bay Bridge
Maryland

Drivers are notoriously afraid of this bridge, as it's subjected to frequent—and often violent—storms. And when the bad weather hits, forget about visibility: get to the middle of this five-mile-long bridge and you can barely see land.

Where: Spanning the Chesapeake Bay to connect Maryland's eastern and western shores.

Stats: Nearly 5 miles long; 186 feet high at its highest point.

(Excerpt) Read more at travel.yahoo.com ...


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The only one I've ever been on is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. I've crossed it many times. Most of the time, it isn't a problem. The only time I've ever had a problem was a few years back when there was a pretty bad wind and rain storm, and that combined with the slipstream coming off the side of a Purdue Chicken tractor trailer took out my windshield wipers as I was almost across. I couldn't see where I was going, and I was forced to spend the night on Kent Island as the rain continued into the evening.

1 posted on 09/29/2010 4:29:41 PM PDT by Pyro7480
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2 posted on 09/29/2010 4:32:55 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Pyro7480

I love the Big Mac. Last time I went, my girlfriend made me drive both ways and sunk her fingers into my arm. On the way back there was a wind advisory but it wasn’t bad at 35 mph.


3 posted on 09/29/2010 4:34:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Pyro7480

The scariest ones are the rickety bridges...yikes


4 posted on 09/29/2010 4:34:40 PM PDT by therightliveswithus
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To: Pyro7480

The old floating bridge near Seattle was fun. It would close in really bad storms but I remember going across a few times as a kid where it was a rocking and rolling pretty good. After I moved away I heard it was replaced after a section was lost in a storm.


5 posted on 09/29/2010 4:39:21 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (I still like peanut butter)
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To: Pyro7480

I like the Capilano bridge - look ma, no hands! Heck, my grandmother was okay with it.

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge now - I’m afraid my car is going to develop some suicidal delusion of boathood. The time we drove it in the rain, and the car was skating, wasn’t as bad, because we couldn’t see the water.

Ugliest news teaser ever: “A car with two women and three children plunges off the Bay Bridge. Find out what happened when we return.”


6 posted on 09/29/2010 4:39:37 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: Pyro7480
They say drivers of high vehicles lose peripheral sight the guard rails along the two lane Rappahannock River Bridge. For the sake of boat passage underneath, the bridge rises to the height of the power poles in the foreground.


7 posted on 09/29/2010 4:41:22 PM PDT by Milhous (Confusion to our enemies.)
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To: Pyro7480

OMG...the first one I can understand, but the other two? Cakewalk. One of America’s creepiest bridges EVER is gone now...the original Cooper River Bridge in Charleston, South Carolina...the ultimate ‘white knuckle bridge’.


8 posted on 09/29/2010 4:41:51 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Pyro7480

Royal Gorge is awesome. I haven't been on it since around 1980, but I remember a serious pucker factor!

9 posted on 09/29/2010 4:43:10 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: MarineBrat
Y'beat me to it ..


10 posted on 09/29/2010 4:44:42 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Pyro7480

Been over the Royal Gorge, thought it was pretty cool.

Live in Maryland and have been over the Chesapeake countless times...will admit it scares me when they open one of the spans to two way traffic. Don’t trust other drivers.


11 posted on 09/29/2010 4:46:17 PM PDT by Holen1
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To: therightliveswithus

>>>The scariest ones are the rickety bridges...yikes

Try being on the Royal Gorge bridge, walking across while there’s a vehicle on it... you can feel the sway. Looking down between the planks is cool.


12 posted on 09/29/2010 4:48:02 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Keith in Iowa
The Mack...


13 posted on 09/29/2010 4:49:15 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Pyro7480

I’ve flown the Mackinac. Got the Mooney down level with the cars, eased back on the throttle and the bridge is just great!!

I think that taken from anchor with two pillars the Mackinac is the longest suspension bridge in the world. If I recall correctly.


14 posted on 09/29/2010 4:52:24 PM PDT by Allen In Texas Hill Country
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To: Keith in Iowa

*shiver*


15 posted on 09/29/2010 4:53:34 PM PDT by therightliveswithus
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To: knarf

I visited Colorado for a couple of weeks back around 79 or 80. Royal Gorge was one of the things that impressed me most. I’ll never forget standing in the middle and looking down past my feet through the wooden slatted surface.

Or looking over the railing and trying to see how long you could follow your spit. :)


16 posted on 09/29/2010 4:58:25 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: therightliveswithus
annnnd, the Chesapeake


17 posted on 09/29/2010 4:59:15 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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Artist's rendering of the new Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge.


18 posted on 09/29/2010 4:59:35 PM PDT by Milhous (Confusion to our enemies.)
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To: knarf

We went for a drive one day and ended up going around Lake Michigan and upwards and ended up going over the Mac. I hate bridges, but I enjoyed the ride.


19 posted on 09/29/2010 4:59:49 PM PDT by ozaukeemom (Is it 2012 yet?)
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To: who knows what evil?

I’ve driven that a few times on the way to Sullivan’s Island (and back). It wasn’t so bad. For a bridge built in the 1930s...


20 posted on 09/29/2010 5:02:58 PM PDT by Little Ray (nO)
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To: therightliveswithus

I’ve never been particularly afraid of heights... The Royal Gorge bridge did unnerve me... looking straight down over the edge, or between planks, or through knotholes in the planks - it made me queasy.


21 posted on 09/29/2010 5:03:52 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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22 posted on 09/29/2010 5:06:35 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (The Bridge of Death.)
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To: Charles Henrickson

What’s your favorite color?


23 posted on 09/29/2010 5:08:10 PM PDT by Holen1
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To: who knows what evil?

I remember the original Cooper River bridge quite well. Built in 1928 and declared obsolete from its inception.

The second span opened in 1966. I was a Citadel cadet and recall when the new span was closed from time to time and the old narrow span became two-way again. Even in my little 1956 Volkswagen the old span was hair raising epecially with my girlfriend clutching my gearshifting arm like a scared cat.

However, IMO nothing can beat for sheer fright the shortlived Tacoma Narrows brdge aka “Galloping Gertie”. Google the original color footage of its writhing death in a high wind.


24 posted on 09/29/2010 5:08:27 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("O Muslim! My bullets are dipped in pig grease!")
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To: knarf
From a pure aesthetic sense, the Cut River Bridge in the Upper Peninsula is a favorite of mine.

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25 posted on 09/29/2010 5:11:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: knarf

I’ve admired this bridge for a long time...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Hawk_Bridge


26 posted on 09/29/2010 5:16:45 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Pyro7480
Maybe not long enough to make the list, but at 650' above the Rio Grande, the Gorge Bridge outside of Taos, NM has plenty of pucker power:


27 posted on 09/29/2010 5:19:52 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Am working on plans for a Knights Templar Community Center next to the Kaaba in Mecca.)
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To: Pyro7480

The I35W bridge in Minneapolis was kinda scary for a few seconds. I heard that riding that thing down to the ground was quite the experience.


28 posted on 09/29/2010 5:19:56 PM PDT by Wissa (Gone Galt)
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To: Ready4Freddy

Whoa...


29 posted on 09/29/2010 5:21:44 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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30 posted on 09/29/2010 5:21:51 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Pyro7480

Too bad they didn’t include the Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys in the middle of a tropical storm :-)


31 posted on 09/29/2010 5:22:33 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (We'll remember in November!)
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Yeah, been over that one a few times. I walked out to the middle to take pics of the gorge.


32 posted on 09/29/2010 5:25:43 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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Chimney Rock, North Carolina, 315'. I was unable to cross this bridge as a small male child in 1962. Or maybe my Dad forced me to, and I've blocked it from my mind. All I know is that I'm now scared sh!tless of heights:


33 posted on 09/29/2010 5:26:51 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Am working on plans for a Knights Templar Community Center next to the Kaaba in Mecca.)
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Too bad they didn’t include the Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys in the middle of a tropical storm :-)


34 posted on 09/29/2010 5:27:10 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (We'll remember in November!)
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Sorry for the double post - computer hiccup.


35 posted on 09/29/2010 5:28:22 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (We'll remember in November!)
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To: Pyro7480
and then of course .. Gallopin' Gertie .. what ain't no more
36 posted on 09/29/2010 5:41:42 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Pyro7480
Glenn Canyon Dam in Arizona is kinda scary.
37 posted on 09/29/2010 5:42:54 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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I’ve seen Royal Gorge but wasn’t wiling to pay $10 to cross a bridge. The railroad pass 45 mile long gravel road I took to get there was fun enough. No guardrails, gravel, huge drops, multiple switchbacks, one lane wide for two way traffic. Someone’s backing up. That was great.

I cross Big Mac often driving a bus taking kids to a Christian Camp in northern Michigan. Just moved to Maryland and have only crossed the Bay Bridge once.


38 posted on 09/29/2010 5:52:24 PM PDT by cyclotic (Boy Scouts-Developing Leaders in a World of Followers.)
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To: Pyro7480

Been across the New River Gorge Bridge on US 19 in West Virginia - it has sides so you can’t see the gorge very well though. Always thought it was the highest in the U.S., guess not.


39 posted on 09/29/2010 6:10:11 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Wanna learn humility? Become a Pittsburgh Pirates fan!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I’ve tried to walk out to the first observation section 3 times. Just can’t make it.


40 posted on 09/29/2010 6:19:03 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Am working on plans for a Knights Templar Community Center next to the Kaaba in Mecca.)
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Hey, I’m not exactly good with heights myself (plus I have severe inner-ear balance problems), but I did it ! ;-)


41 posted on 09/29/2010 6:25:17 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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(Errpp) I’m getting sick.....

Anyway, a recent Hitler Channel documentary aired footage of a scale model Galloping Gertie being subjected to similar aerodynamic stress as the authorities were meticulously determined to learn what had caused G.G. to oscillate so wildly.

The current Tacoma Narrows bridge is built like an M-1 tank, as the first one should have been.


42 posted on 09/29/2010 6:35:14 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("O Muslim! My bullets are dipped in pig grease!")
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To: Pyro7480

Not a bridge across anything: http://www.grandcanyonskywalk.com/


43 posted on 09/29/2010 6:37:26 PM PDT by Western Phil
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To: Pyro7480
World's tallest, the Millau Viaduct in France


44 posted on 09/29/2010 6:40:02 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (There's only one cure for Obamarrhea......)
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The New River Bridge is definitely impressive, that's for sure.

And once a year they have a big party out there...


45 posted on 09/29/2010 6:41:13 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Show 'em the rope, point at the branch, get ready to kick the horse..)
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To: Pyro7480; grellis; AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; ...

The Mighty Mac is a wonderful bridge. The wind can make for a short trip, but hey, whiners, dying is part of living.

Twenty years ago someone in a Yugo (I mean, really, a Yugo? Who cares?) got picked right up by the wind while crossing the Mac and chucked to her death in the Lake. It’s quite a drop.

There’s an annual fundraising walk back and forth (ten miles), that’s on foot of course, and I don’t recall anyone ever getting tossed into the drink by a gust.

If you ever take the boat out to Mackinac (”Mac in awe”) Island, the five mile span of the bridge appears to curve upward in the middle. S’cool.


46 posted on 09/29/2010 6:47:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: EternalVigilance
Another very high bridge is the I-90 Veteran's Memorial Bridge just east of Coeur d'Alene, ID. It crosses one of the bays of Lake Coeur d'Alene, and while you can't see much from the bridge itself that whole stretch of highway is WAY up above the lake. Great views. Very beautiful drive.


47 posted on 09/29/2010 6:47:27 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Show 'em the rope, point at the branch, get ready to kick the horse..)
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To: Charles Henrickson

The robe seems like a good idea...


48 posted on 09/29/2010 6:48:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Yeah, no doubt, top that! We *have a winnner*. :’D


49 posted on 09/29/2010 6:49:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: Ready4Freddy
"I was unable to cross this bridge as a small male child in 1962."
Okay.
50 posted on 09/29/2010 6:50:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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