Photos: 10 Record-Breaking Bridges

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Widest: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia (160 feet across).
Tallest: Millau Viaduct, France (1,125 feet high).
Longest Covered: Hartland Covered Bridge, New Brunswick, Canada (1,282 feet long).
Longest: Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge, China (102.4 miles long).
Longest Suspension: Akashi Kaikyo (or Pearl) Bridge, Japan (12,831 feet long).
Most Bricks Used to Build a Bridge: Goltzsch Valley Bridge, Germany (made of 20 million bricks).
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Most Photographed: Golden Gate Bridge, California.
Most Traffic: George Washington Bridge, New York (51 million cars per year).
Most Traffic (Including Pedestrians): Howrah Bridge, Kolkata, India (80,000 vehicles and 1 million pedestrians daily).
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Longest Footbridge: Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, New York (6,767 feet long).
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Oldest: Caravan Bridge, Turkey (built in 850 B.C.).
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They’re the biggest, the boldest, the busiest—each of these bridges accomplishes a feat so fantastic our ancestors wouldn't have believed it possible. Yes, they're miracles of engineering, but they're also a testament to human creativity, seamlessly integrating function with style.

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