Russia’s Useless $1 Billion Bridge

Russia’s Useless $1 Billion Bridge

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Bridges have traditionally been built out of necessity in order to keeping people moving from place to place over often large spans of water. However, with modern construction and international pride, having the world’s best structures in their respective category, is often strived for when projects are designed. The Russky Bridge which crosses the Bosphorus strait is the world’s longest cable stayed bridge, however it doesn’t really see much use.

A view of the foundation piles being poured [Image Source: Wikimedia]

The magnificent structure completed in 2012 spans from the Russian city of Vladivostok to Russky Island, capable of handling 50,000 cars daily. There’s only one problem, Russky Island only has a population of 5,000 people, leaving the roadway largely underused and ultimately, quite useless.

Large piles were driven as deep as 77 meters into the surrounding built up earth to form the foundation for the two supporting structures on each side of the cable-stayed roadway. The central span, much like other large bridges, was built with an aerodynamic cross section capable of handling large crosswind forces. If you are interested in learning more about the mega construction project then check out the short documentary below.