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List of longest continuous truss bridge spans


List of longest continuous truss bridge spans

The Braga Bridge is a continuous truss bridge. It was the fourth longest span of this type when it was completed in 1966.

This list of continuous bridge spans ranks the world's continuous truss bridges in two ways. First by the length of main span (the longest length of unsupported roadway) and second by the total length of continuous truss spans.

This list includes bridges that act primarily as a continuous truss. These bridges may appear to be—or may incorporate elements of—a different design. For example, the list includes the Francis Scott Key Bridge which incorporates an arch shape into the design, but is continuous across multiple spans. The Key Bridge acts first as a continuous truss bridge and secondarily as an arch bridge. This list does not include cantilever bridges.

Only bridges that are currently in use are included in the rankings. Bridges currently being planned, designed, or constructed and bridges that have been demolished are noted separately.


  • List ranked by length of main span 1
  • List ranked by total length 2
  • History of the record span 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • Footnotes 6

List ranked by length of main span

The length of main span is the most common method of comparing the size of bridges. The length of the main span will often correlate with the depth of the truss (height the truss from bottom to top) and the engineering complexity involved in designing and constructing the bridge.

For bridges that have the same span length, the older bridge is listed first.

Note: Click on each bridge's rank to go to the bridge's official Web site. Ranks with a red asterisk (*) do not have official Web sites (or they do not have an English-language version) and are linked instead to a reference entry.
    Rank Name Location Main
[1]* Ikitsuki Bridge
(The longest span from 1991 to the present)
Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan 400 1312   1991
[2] * Astoria-Megler Bridge
(The longest span from 1966 to 1991)
Astoria, Oregon, USA 376 1,232   1966
[3] Francis Scott Key Bridge Baltimore, Maryland, USA 366 1,200   1977
[4] Dashengguan Bridge Nanjing, China 336 1,102   2010
[5] * Oshima Bridge Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan 325 1,066   1976
[6] * Tenmon Bridge Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan 300 984   1966
[7] Kuronoseto Bridge Kuronoseto, Japan 300 984   1974
[8] * Taylor-Southgate Bridge Cincinnati, Ohio / Newport, Kentucky, USA 259 850   1995
[9] * Julien Dubuque Bridge Dubuque, Iowa / East Dubuque, Illinois, USA 258 845   1943
[10] Braga Bridge Somerset / Fall River, Massachusetts, USA 256 840   1966
[11] * Kamakari bridge Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan 255 837   1979
Linked image [12] * Earle C. Clements (Shawneetown) Bridge Old Shawneetown, Illinois / Union County, Kentucky, USA 251.5 826   1955
[13] * Bob Cummings - Lincoln Trail Bridge Cannelton, Indiana / Hawesville, Kentucky, USA 251.3 825   1966
[14] * Cairo I-57 Bridge Charleston, Missouri / Cairo, Illinois, USA 250 821   1978
[15] Yoshima Bridge Seto Inland Sea, Japan 245 804   1988
[16] Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge Kingston, New York, USA 244 800   1957
[17] * Don N. Holt Bridge Charleston, South Carolina, USA 244 800   1992
Linked image [18] * Phil G McDonald Bridge Beckley, West Virginia, USA 239 785   1988
Linked image [19] * Rochester-Monaca Bridge Rochester, Pennsylvania, USA 238 780   1986
[20] * Sciotoville Bridge (2 spans) Sciotodale, Ohio / Limeville, Kentucky, USA 236 775   1916
Linked image [21] * Rockpile Road Bridge Sonoma County, California, USA 230 753   1978
[22] * Sewickley Bridge Sewickley, Pennsylvania, USA 229 750   1981
[23] Betsy Ross Bridge Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 222 729   1976
[24] * Matthew E. Welsh Bridge Mauckport, Indiana, USA 221 725   1966

List ranked by total length

It is also possible to rank continuous truss bridges by the sum of the continuous spans.

Note that if the bridge has an expansion joint (a discontinuity), the sections of the bridge would be considered separate (by the definition of a continuous bridge) for the purposes of this ranking. The Yoshima Bridge is an example of this. It consists of two continuous-truss sections that together have five total spans. The first section (or unit) is 2-span continuous, 125 m + 137 m; the second section is a 3-span unit, 165 m + 245 m + 165 m.[1]

Rank Name Location Individual span lengths
in feet or meters
Total length in
feet and meters
1 Dashengguan Bridge Nanjing, China 108 + 192 + 336 + 336 + 192 + 108 meters [2] 4,173 feet (1,272 m)
2 Francis Scott Key Bridge Baltimore, Maryland, USA 219.6 + 366 + 219.6 meters [3] 2,640 feet (800 m)
3 Ikitsuki OHashi Bridge Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan 200 + 400 + 200 meters [3] 2,625 feet (800 m)
4 Astoria-Megler Bridge Astoria, Oregon, USA 616 + 1,232 + 616 feet (188 m) [3] 2,464 feet (751 m)

History of the record span

Name Location Main span
in meters (feet)
Ikitsuki OHashi Bridge Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan 400 m (1,300 ft) 1991 present
Astoria-Megler Bridge Astoria, Oregon, USA 375.6 m (1,232 ft) 1966 1991
Duisburg-Rheinhausen Bridge Duisburg, Germany 254.5 meters (835 ft) 1945 1966
Sciotoville Bridge Sciotodale, Ohio, USA 236 meters (774 ft) 1917 1945

See also


  • Durkee, Jackson, "World's Longest Bridge Spans", National Steel Bridge Alliance, May 24, 1999
  • Garrison, Ervan G. (1998). A History of Engineering and Technology: Artful Methods. New York: CRC Press. p. 296.  
  • Theroux, Stephane (2005-01-17). "Top Continuous Truss Bridges". Blackdog Media. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  • Janberg, Nicolas, Truss bridges, (an extensive database of structures)


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  3. ^ a b c Ewert, Sven (2003). Brücken (Bridges) (in German). Ernst & Sohn. p. 43.  
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