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15 Longest Bridges in the US 2023 | Ratepunk

There are many attractive bridges in the US that are worth visiting at least once. Among them, there are some that are impressively long. Here we mention the 15 Longest Bridges in the US as of 2023.

15 Longest Bridges in the US 2023 | Ratepunk

List of the Longest Bridges in the United States




Opening Year
1Lake Pontchartrain Causeway23.875 mi (38.442 km)1956
2Manchac Swamp Bridge22.799 mi (36.693 km)1979
3Atchafalaya Basin Bridge18.199 mi (29.239 km)1973
4Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Virginia17.584 mi (28.299 km)1964
5I-10 Bonnet Carré Spillway Bridge10.999 mi (17.702 km)1972
6Louisiana Highway 1 Bridge8.257 mi (13.289 km)2009
7Jubilee Parkway7.499 mi (12.070 km)1978
8San Mateo-Hayward Bridge6.999 mi (11.265 km)1967
9Seven Mile Bridge6.765 mi (10.888 km)1982
10General W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge6.080 mi (9.785 km)1980
11Richmond–San Rafael Bridge5.499 mi (8.851 km)1956
12Frank Davis “Naturally N’Awlins” Memorial Bridge5.405 mi (8.700 km)2009
13Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge5.219 mi (8.400 km)2002
14The Chesapeake Bay Bridge4.350 mi (7 km)1952
15Sunshine Skyway Bridge4.140 mi (6.663 km)1987

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What are the longest bridges in the US?

#1 Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, Lousiana

The Guinness Book of World Records listed Lake Pontchartrain Causeway as the longest bridge in the world from 1969 until 2011. When the longer Jiaozhou Bay Bridge in China opened the Guinness Book of World Records split the record for the longest bridge over water into two categories: continuous length and aggregate length. After then, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway surpassed the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge as the longest bridge over water (continuous) in the world. Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is the longest bridge in the united states.

Also, take a look at the 10 Longest Bridges in the World 2023.

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway bridge with some cars passing on it from an above angle

#2 Manchac Swamp Bridge, Louisiana

It's the longest bridge on the Interstate Highway System and one of the longest in the world overall. According to some sources, it is the longest road bridge in the world that does not charge drivers to cross it as you need to pay some fee to cross the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway bridge.

#3 Atchafalaya Basin Bridge

Louisiana is home to another pair of bridges that run in parallel to one another and are together referred to as the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge or the Louisiana Airborne Memorial Bridge. Officials estimate that because the speed limit on the bridge is 60 miles per hour and the bridge is 18 miles long, it should take you precisely 18 minutes to cross the bridge.

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#4 Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is a popular tourist destination as well as a practical means of transportation, linking the mainland of Virginia at Virginia Beach in Norfolk with the Eastern Shore of the state. This toll road spans 17.6 miles and is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest engineering achievements. 

Launched in 1964, it succeeded the ferry service that had been in place since the 1930s. It is marvelous as the tunnels are approximately one mile long and lie under the bay, making it possible for boats and ships to pass through them.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel from the shore with the view of blue and orange sky

#5 I-10 Bonnet Carré Spillway Bridge, Louisiana

Both Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Louisiana, United States, are connected by a pair of parallel bridges known as the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge (or the Louisiana Airborne Memorial Bridge).

The bridge has 350 bays and the spillway can drive one-fifth of the river's water into Lake Pontchartrain if all are open at once! 

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#6 Louisiana Highway 1 Bridge

In southern Louisiana, the bridge spans Bayou Lafourche and the wetlands. Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, is where you'll find it. The bridge opened in 2009 to link Leeville and Port Fourchon, and it will be extended farther north to connect Leeville and Golden Meadow.

Louisiana Highway 1 Bridge with a few cars

#7 Jubilee Parkway

One of Alabama's most recognizable landmarks, Jubilee Parkway is a pair of viaduct-style bridges that run from the western city of Spanish Port to the eastern tunnel entrance of George Wallace.

This bridge creates beautiful views, especially at sunrise and sunset. 

Jubilee Parkway bridge at sunset

#8 San Mateo-Hayward Bridge

Connecting the San Francisco Peninsula to the Eastern Gulf, the San Mateo Hayward Bridge spans the San Francisco Bay in California, United States. It ranks as the 25th longest bridge in the world and the longest in California.

California is also home to one of the biggest airports in the United States.

San Mateo-Hayward Bridge from above view

#9 Seven Mile Bridge

The Seven Mile Bridge is a bridge that connects two sections of the Florida Keys in Monroe County.  The longest bridge in the Florida Keys, completed in 1982, is spacious enough to allow drivers to pull off to the side if they need to replace a flat tire or simply take in the pristine blue water below.

Many famous movies such as True Lies (1994), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), and License to Kill (1989) were filmed on this bridge.

Seven Mile Bridge from the above with the view of water beneath

#10 General W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge

The General W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge, which people in the area call the "Dolly Parton Bridge," is made up of two parallel spires of enduring steel that are tied together to make one continuous span. 

Because of the red warning lights perched atop the bridge's parallel support arches and the way the bridge's arches seem when viewed from certain angles, the structure is sometimes referred to as the "Dolly Parton Bridge."

General W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge from above with its two red perched atops

#11 Richmond–San Rafael Bridge

The Richmond–San Rafael Bridge in California, United States, is the most northerly of the east–west crossings of San Francisco Bay. It spans I-580 from Richmond to San Rafael, California, and was officially named after California State Senator John F. McCarthy.

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#12 I-10 Twin Span Bridge (Frank Davis “Naturally N’Awlins” Memorial Bridge)

The I-10 Twin Span Bridge, also known as the Frank Davis "Naturally N'Awlins" Memorial Bridge, is a roughly 5.5-mile causeway made up of two trestle bridges that run parallel to one another. These twin spans connect New Orleans and Slidell on opposite sides of Lake Pontchartrain in southeastern Louisiana.

memorial of john s. martin with the twin span bridge

#13 Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge

Over the Croatan Sound, the newest, longest, and broadest bridge is the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge. Located in North Carolina, the four-lane bridge connects Manns Harbor with Roanoke Island. From the mainland of North Carolina, visitors may quickly reach the Outer Banks by making use of this bridge, the Washington Baum Bridge, or the Melvin R. Daniels Bridge.

view of Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge from the side with a cloudy sky

#14 The Chesapeake Bay Bridge

Opened in 1952 for business, this bridge opened the door to a new era in Maryland. Being 4.350 mi long and 186 feet above the water, this bridge connected important areas to each other.

This bridge connected some of the rural parts of Maryland with fast-growing Washington metropolitan areas. It also helped some of the isolated areas and beaches become tourist destinations and a place for local businesses to grow.

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge from the side, with water at sunset

#15 Sunshine Skyway Bridge

The Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge, also known as the Sunshine Skyway Bridge or the Sunshine Skyway, is comprised of a pair of long beam bridges as well as a central cable-stayed bridge that spans Lower Tampa Bay in order to connect St. Petersburg, Florida to Terra Ceia, Florida. "The Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which first opened in April 1987, was constructed at a cost of 244 million dollars to replace an earlier bridge that was substantially demolished in the year 1980.

Sunshine Skyway Bridge at sunset

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Mar 15, 2023

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