Bridges are the connective tissues of cities and countries. They’re crucial to the infrastructure of a country. They’re also (sometimes) very beautiful and (often) incredibly expensive. Here are some of the world’s most expensive bridges. (All the prices have been adjusted to their value today.)
The Golden Gate Bridge, USA
When you ask someone to think of a famous bridge they’re bound to think of one of these three: Tower Bridge in London, Brooklyn Bridge in New York, or the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Surprisingly, none of these bridges are that expensive. The Golden Gate Bridge cost $677 million to build, and it barely makes the list of the top 30 most expensive bridges. Barely as in – it’s the 30th. So money isn’t everything when it comes to building world-famous bridges.
But let’s move on to something more expensive now, shall we?
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, USA
The Arthur Ravenel bridge might not be as popular as the Golden Gate, but it is (without doubt) at least as beautiful. It’s a gorgeous looking bridge, especially at night, when it’s lit up. It cost $902 million to build.
George Washington Bridge, USA
Another bridge from the United States (and the last one on this list), the George Washington Bridge was built to link Manhattan to New Jersey and cost $1 billion to build. It was built at the start of the Great Depression as part of the “New Deal” that would give people jobs and boost the suffering US economy. Double whammy!
Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge, Malaysia
The Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge (say that five times fast!) is the longest bridge in Malaysia. It was completed in 2004 and is 24 kilometers long. It cost $1.2 billion to construct.