This Is Not A Roller Coaster

I find this absolutely TERRIFYING. I think that Eshima Ohashi Bridge in Japan looks more like a roller coaster than a bridge. Don't you? Forget the State Fair, if it's thrills and butterflies in your tummy you're after, look no further. The mile long bridge, which spans Lake Nakaumi linking the cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato would give even the most confident driver cause to sweat.

Have Mercy!

       Eshima OhashiThe Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images

At its steepest point, the bridge has a gradient of 6.1 per cent (which doesn't mean much to ME, but based on the images it must be pretty steep), I know I wouldn't want to be stuck up there during rush hour.

       Eshima Ohashiimgur

Imagine being stuck behind a big truck?

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Here's another tidbit: This is not even the worlds tallest vehicular bridge - that award goes to France's Millau Viaduct, which is taller than the Eiffel Tower reaching 270m above the valley below.  Here's some pictures of the cable-stayed bridge that spans the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southern France.

       Millau ViaductGetty Images

Highest, longest in the world, the Viaduct de Millau is 'one of the most impressive civil engineering feats of our time'

       Millau ViaductGetty Images/Hemis.fr RM

I don't know about you guys - but I think I'm going to pass on going for a drive on these bridges!


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