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04-06-2015

10 Of The World's Scariest Bridges

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Fear of heights is one thing, and bad enough when there's a solid footing beneath you. Manoeuvring an ancient and rickety looking bridge as it tilts and sways over a precipitous gorge while you warily examine every rusty bolt, fraying piece of twine and creaking, sodden timber is most people's idea of their worst nightmare, unless you happen to be an adrenaline freak who would happily step up to stunt double for Indiana Jones. You know the scene...the bridge doesn't make it, though Indy does of course. Engineers have developed increasingly sophisticated ways to span the gap from one high place to another, but in many parts of the world old traditional methods continue to be employed daily, incredibly without too much loss of life and limb in some cases. So if you get your thrills from looking danger square in the eye and taking it as a direct challenge, here are ten of the most scary bridges in the world which you might just want to put on your bucket list.

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RECORD BREAKER

If heights are your thing, you could always take a leisurely sky high saunter or sensational scenic drive across the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado in the United States. This incredible bridge towers 321 metres (1,053 feet) above the ground, spanning an amazing 1,270 feet across the massive gorge below. This bridge is certainly a record holder: built in 1929, it's still said to be the world's tallest suspension bridge. A breathtaking bridge like this takes takes a lot of maintenance: a fifth of the wooden walkway planks alone are replaced each year and if it needed to be rebuilt today it would cost around $15 million.

Death Defying

A bridge that really summons up the image of that iconic Scene in Indiana Jones is the Hussaini Bridge spanning Lake Borit in Rawalpindi, Northern Pakistan. In this mountainous terrain, any travel is difficult and the locals have provided the best possible solution at the lowest possible cost. Ancient looking, rickety beyond belief and seemingly comprised of mainly string and the odd rotten plank, this bridge is apparently not as treacherous as it looks, despite the winds that shake it from side to side, and continues to be regularly used by villagers travelling from their remote hillside homes to visit larger towns and cities, as well as intrepid tourists. No doubt they have their hearts in their mouths as they do so, for a slip risks a tumbling descent ending up with a very wet landing in the lake far below. Beside the structure, as if to strip away any confidence you may once have held in your crossing, hangs a tattered relic of an earlier bridge, now derelict and unused.
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