Southeast Asia is home to some of the world’s longest bridges. In our attempt to speed up economic advancements, bridges also narrowed the gaps of cultural differences between our peoples. I dream of a Southeast Asia connected by bridges where I can drive from Burma to the Philippines, from Indonesia to Vietnam.
Now repeat after me…”Ain't no mountain high enough... ain’t no valley low enough... ain’t no river's wide enough…to keep me from you.” *eat your heart out Ms. Ross, lol*
Here are the longest bridges in our region;
1. Penang Bridge / 13.5 km (8.39 mi) / 1985 / Malaysia
Currently the 4th in Asia and 10th in the world.
2. Mawlamyaing Bridge / 6.6 km (4.10 mi) / 2005 / Burma
3. Candaba Viaduct / 5 km (3.10 mi) / 2005 / Philippines
4. Rama VIII Bridge / 2.4 km (1.49 mi) / 2002 / Thailand
5. San Juanico Bridge / 2.2 km (1.36 mi) / 1979 / Philippines
6. Malaysia-Singapore 2nd Link
1.9 km (1.18 mi) / 1998 / Malaysia & Singapore
7. Prai River Bridge / 1.85 km (1.15 mi) / 2005 / Malaysia
8. Benjamin Sheares Bridge
1.8 km (1.12 mi) / 1982 / Singapore
9. Kizuna Bridge / 1.36 km (0.85 mi) / 2001 / Cambodia
10. Marcelo Fernan Bridge / 1.24 km (0.77 mi) / 1999 / Philippines
Indonesia has announced the plan of building the world’s longest suspension bridge last October (sorted by span)*. It will connect the islands of Java and Sumatra spanning the Sunda Strait for 30 km (18.65 mi). Construction will start on 2012. The world’s longest suspension bridge in Japan would only be half of it.
The Can Tho Bridge in Vietnam is under construction. It would be 2.75 km (1.70 mi) and will be the 4th longest in Southeast Asia when it’s completed in 2009.
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