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15 Terrifying Bridges People Actually Use
Destination Seeker ^ | 5-15-14

Posted on 05/15/2014 5:50:48 PM PDT by kingattax

To paraphrase “Dilbert” creator Scott Adams, “the goal of every good engineer is to do very little in their careers, and if you must build something, just hope it doesn’t hurt anyone.”

Of course, that’s selling short some very talented engineers who should be given great credit for figuring out innovative ways of getting us to cross previously un-crossable terrain like large bodies of water or deep, deep canyons.

If they and their team did their job right, they’ve created something that stands the test of time. But there are other structures that most of us agree could have used some better engineering, or at the very least a few more handholds.

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1 posted on 05/15/2014 5:50:48 PM PDT by kingattax
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To: kingattax

I had a girlfriend who could barely ride across the Mackinaw bridge. Its never bothered me. I like the center lanes because you drive on the metal grate and its like its not even there and you can see all the way to the water.


2 posted on 05/15/2014 6:04:28 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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they should have added the Skyline Bridge in Tampa, Florida. this one scares a lot of folks.

3 posted on 05/15/2014 6:10:34 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: kingattax

I agree w/ the choice of Seven-Mile Bridge as #1. I don’t like it one bit. My palms sweat.


4 posted on 05/15/2014 6:12:49 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: kingattax

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Capilano Bridge in B.C. made the list. I walked across that bridge the summer before 5th grade. VERY SCARY... and I am not afraid of heights.


5 posted on 05/15/2014 6:15:29 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: kingattax

Yep.

Traveling through Florida in 1993, I saw that bridge on a map. I drove well out of my way just so I could cross it.

By the time I reached the summit, I couldn’t wait to get off that bloody thing. The only time I’ve been scared on a bridge in my life.


6 posted on 05/15/2014 6:17:05 PM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: kingattax; cripplecreek

They put the Mackinac bridge on there... I have been over it several times....it’s not nearly as bad as the 1000 Islands Bridge. That gem is white knuckles all the way on a good day. Two 12 foot lanes a steep approach and a steel deck, on a snowy day in January with a 30MPH cross wind it will put the fear of god into any atheist.


7 posted on 05/15/2014 6:18:21 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: FlJoePa

Should say #15, not #1 obviously...


8 posted on 05/15/2014 6:22:09 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: Ouderkirk

The wind has blown a couple of cars over the rail of the Mackinaw bridge. Last time I was up there they had the speed limited to 30 mph.


9 posted on 05/15/2014 6:22:17 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: kingattax

Cooper River Bridge(The old one) Charleston SC is one scary ass bridge.


10 posted on 05/15/2014 6:23:38 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Skooz
do you remember the Sunshine Skyway Bridge disaster in Tampa in 1980 ? talk about sweating palms. look how close this guy came to dying !


11 posted on 05/15/2014 6:25:02 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: kingattax; cripplecreek; MichCapCon

Saginaw Bay Bridge, Michigan


12 posted on 05/15/2014 6:25:57 PM PDT by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: kingattax

The old span over the Cooper River on the far right is a death trap. I think the lanes are 10 feet wide.

13 posted on 05/15/2014 6:26:53 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va
Cooper River Bridge(The old one) Charleston SC is one scary ass bridge.

Nothing else comes close...once was enough. I would go out of my way to cross on I-526 a few miles north.

14 posted on 05/15/2014 6:29:14 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: kingattax
I've been on the Deception Pass #8 bridge. Seriously cool to cross and to look at.


15 posted on 05/15/2014 6:30:04 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (No $#@t there I was...)
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To: kingattax

The Mackinac Bridge seriously scared the crap out of me on a family trip as a boy. I never knew what vertigo was until my dad drove over that bridge.


16 posted on 05/15/2014 6:30:23 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: cripplecreek
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17 posted on 05/15/2014 6:31:44 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: kingattax

I remember getting white knuckles the first time I drove across the Sunshine Skyway across Tampa Bay.


18 posted on 05/15/2014 6:33:16 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kingattax

Especially since the barge hit it back in the 70s.


19 posted on 05/15/2014 6:33:45 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: central_va

Gets my my vote too.


20 posted on 05/15/2014 6:34:17 PM PDT by kalee
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To: cripplecreek

I’ve heard there are people available to drive you across the bridge for a fee.


21 posted on 05/15/2014 6:35:01 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: kingattax
It figures...they forgot this one, the most terrifying of all.


22 posted on 05/15/2014 6:36:38 PM PDT by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: kingattax
This one is a real nail biter.

Route 301 bridge over the Potomac. You actually pay money to scare yourself to death. The truck drivers say they hit each others mirrors from time to time. The lanes are narrow MAYBE 10 feet wide.

23 posted on 05/15/2014 6:37:24 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va
I loved driving across the old Cooper River bridge. It was like riding a roller coaster.
24 posted on 05/15/2014 6:37:49 PM PDT by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: VerySadAmerican
Very cool old video.

Mackinac Bridge, Michigan: "The Five Mile Dream" 1958 US Steel Lowell Thomas 10min
25 posted on 05/15/2014 6:39:44 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: kingattax
The Easton Pa. "free bridge" over the Delaware. As per Wikipedia : Repairs carried out by Bethlehem Steel over the next two years [ after damage by Hurricane Dianne in 1955 ] made the bridge usable but the flood damage left a readily apparent sag in the center span that remains today.


26 posted on 05/15/2014 6:40:00 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: kingattax; SgtBob; Chode
Ron White, Rickety Bridge
27 posted on 05/15/2014 6:42:07 PM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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To: RightFighter

At least for Mary Jo.


28 posted on 05/15/2014 6:42:09 PM PDT by OldSmaj (I am an avowed enemy of islam and obama is a damned fool and traitor. Questions?)
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To: dfwgator; Revolting cat!

29 posted on 05/15/2014 6:43:26 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: kingattax


The Swinging Bridge - Byram, Mississippi
30 posted on 05/15/2014 6:45:45 PM PDT by struggle
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To: struggle


The Swinging Bridge - Byram, Mississippi
31 posted on 05/15/2014 6:46:49 PM PDT by struggle
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To: Professional Engineer

I cross Deception Pass at 105,000 pounds all the time. The people crossing it on foot can definitely feel it bouncing.


32 posted on 05/15/2014 6:50:00 PM PDT by datura (We have a 2 party system. Conservatives vs Uniparty)
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To: Ouderkirk

I’ve driven buses over the Mackinac Bridge about 50 times. It’s a bit disconcerting when you think the center of the wheel is taller than the rail. Not really scary though.


33 posted on 05/15/2014 6:50:37 PM PDT by cyclotic (America's premier outdoor adventure association for boys-traillifeusa.com)
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To: RightFighter

lol...white knuckle special


34 posted on 05/15/2014 6:51:30 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: cripplecreek

IIRC the Yugo took flight because she was doing over 70 on the bridge. The other was a suicide. No wind involved. Just a hard right turn.


35 posted on 05/15/2014 6:52:15 PM PDT by cyclotic (America's premier outdoor adventure association for boys-traillifeusa.com)
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To: RightFighter

oops....didnt recognize this one at first.


36 posted on 05/15/2014 6:53:22 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: cyclotic
IIRC the Yugo took flight because she was doing over 70 on the bridge

Swerved to avoid a baby duck?

37 posted on 05/15/2014 6:53:38 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dr_lew
One of my favorite bridges is the Cut River Bridge in Michigan. Just plain beautiful to look at.

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38 posted on 05/15/2014 6:54:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: dfwgator

and squashed beneath a Colorado marijuana truck


39 posted on 05/15/2014 6:54:55 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL

But they drove with pride.


40 posted on 05/15/2014 6:56:22 PM PDT by dfwgator
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lol

They drove with Gay Pride


41 posted on 05/15/2014 6:57:19 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: mabarker1; Chode

Gotta luv sum Ron White! That said, I looked at ever bridge in the article, and found none that I wouldn’t cross....did I miss something?


42 posted on 05/15/2014 6:58:08 PM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: FlJoePa
I agree w/ the choice of Seven-Mile Bridge as #1. I don’t like it one bit. My palms sweat.

The problem is there is no divider between traffic, it's remote, some people are drunk, and they are in a hurry on Sunday evening. Other than that it's quite beautiful in spots.

43 posted on 05/15/2014 7:01:07 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: SgtBob

I’ll pass on the one in poopystan but that is just cuz it’s in the “should have been glazed over a long time ago” land.


44 posted on 05/15/2014 7:01:08 PM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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To: cripplecreek

That’s a work of art. I love graceful bridges.


45 posted on 05/15/2014 7:01:08 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (No $#@t there I was...)
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To: kingattax

Honorable mention, I-10 Lake Charles Bridge.

46 posted on 05/15/2014 7:02:52 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: mabarker1
odd the ZEE isn't listed... when i cross it i'm terrified it might fall down

47 posted on 05/15/2014 7:02:59 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: kingattax

What, no Williamsburg bridge? That, to me, is THE WORST.


48 posted on 05/15/2014 7:05:53 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: jocon307

Any bridge on the PCH.


49 posted on 05/15/2014 7:06:24 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: datura
The people crossing it on foot can definitely feel it bouncing.

I get disconcerted a bit when stopped in traffic on a bridge. The just roll with it. It's fun to think about the forces involved and directions they are moving.

50 posted on 05/15/2014 7:08:54 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (No $#@t there I was...)
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