The advancement of technology has touched every aspect of our lives, including the construction sector. There have been many road bridges which have been constructed over water to connect two land masses, for the purpose of making the distance between them shortest. It is not easy to build such long bridges over water, as there is no solid foundation for them. Despite this difficulty, the country has been successful in building numerous long bridges over water in recent years. These bridges are the symbols of the progress in science and technology and have done our country proud.
Listed below are the top 10 longest road bridges above water in India:
1. Bandra-Worli Sea Link
Topping the list of longest road bridges over water in India is the 5600 m long Bandra-Worli Sea Link in the city of Mumbai, Maharashtra. Officially called the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, the bridge spans over the Mahim Bay and was opened for the public in 2009. It was built by Hindustan Construction Company and has four lanes for the traffic to move smoothly.
Read also: 10 Most Beautiful Railway Stations in India
2. Mahatma Gandhi Setu
Built over the Ganges, the Mahatma Gandhi Setu is located in Patna, the capital city of Bihar. It was inaugurated in 1982 by Mrs Indira Gandhi and measures 5575 m in length. The four-lane bridge has pathways for pedestrians on both sides. It was designed by Gammon India.
3. Vikramshila Setu
Featuring next on the list of longest road bridges is another bridge spanning River Ganges, the Vikramshila Setu, which is situated in Bhagalpur, Bihar. The 4700 m long bridge was officially opened for the public in 2001. The bridge has two lanes with pedestrian footpaths on both its sides.
4. Ganga Rail-Road Bridge
Yet another bridge built over the Ganges is a rail cum road bridge, called Ganga Rail-Road Bridge in Bihar, Patna. The bridge measures 4556 m long and will start operating in 2015. The bridge is going to be a rail and road link between the Northern and Southern part of Bihar.
5. Penumudi-Puligadda Bridge
The next bridge on the list of top 10 longest road bridges above water in India is the Penumudi-Puligadda Bridge in Avanigadda, Andhra Pradesh. The bridge was opened in 2006 and is 4000 m long. It spans over the River Krishna.