There's no doubt about that. " How much more money is there? The Ravenel Bridge was built for $632 million. That's more than a third of a billion dollars!
Now how much does the bridge cost every year? About $10 million. So in reality, it's not so bad.
In conclusion, the Ravenel Bridge is one of the most expensive bridges in the world. It may be worth it though if you need to go from South Carolina to North Carolina.
The Cooper River Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge cost $632 million to build. It was opened to traffic on October 4, 2011. The bridge is named after South Carolina's longest-serving governor, who died in 1974 at the age of 58. Before his death, he had been elected and re-elected three times as the state's chief executive.
Cooper River bridges have been part of South Carolina's road network since 1911 when the first bridge over the river was built. This original structure was a swing bridge that used to open to allow ships to pass through. In 1951, a new fixed cable-stayed bridge was built a few hundred yards north of the old one. This new bridge served both vehicles and pedestrians with two wide lanes for each purpose. It also had a large pedestrian and bicycle path that crossed over the top of the structure so people could get from one side to the other without having to use the roads.
In 1999, the old bridge was closed to all but foot traffic and converted into a multi-use trail. A few years later, the new bridge was also closed to all but foot traffic and made into a similar trail. These trails are now used by runners, bikers, and walkers.
The bridge cost around $1.5 billion and took more than three years to construct. It also has an observation platform and a 145-meter-tall tower from which guests may pay to admire the sights. The world's longest sea bridge, it connects Zhuhai in Guangdong with Jieyang in Yantai County on the Chinese mainland.
It is a cable-stayed bridge with two sections: one long central section over water and another shorter section at each end on land. The central section has four towers each topped with a spire of glass that reaches 150 meters into the air. The total length of the bridge is 20 kilometers (12.4 miles). It was built by the state-owned construction company CRRC Dalian with technical assistance from Italian firm Consorzio Riuniti di Adriatico (CRA).
It was opened to traffic in 2016 but will not be used as a crossing point for ships, since no major port is located on its territory. Instead, it serves as a tourist attraction where visitors can take in the views from the observation deck or climb to the top of one of the bridge's towers for a fee.
The world's first large-scale modular transnational suspension bridge was built in 1994.
The bridge, which was originally predicted to cost $35 million to build, ended up costing more than $100 million. Many of the issues are reported to have been caused by orders of Chinese-made steel, which had a number of non-conformities that required to be addressed. One issue involved the girders for the bridge, which were made of Japanese steel but were ordered by the city from China because it was cheaper. This led to some criticism that Mayor Daley had put price before quality when choosing construction materials.
The main span of the bridge is approximately 750 feet long and consists of four 50-foot-long girders connected by two 90-foot-long suspenders. The main purpose of the bridge is to connect the Near North Side with the Lakeview District. It does not carry any traffic signals or street lights, as those functions are provided by the surrounding infrastructure in both neighborhoods.
The project was announced by the City of Chicago in January 1973 and was expected to be completed in about one year. However, due to various issues reported by reporters who visited the site during construction, such as uncoordinated contract changes, property damage, and late delivery of materials, the completion date was pushed back several times. The final cost of the bridge was estimated by city officials to be between $150,000 and $200,000 per foot, which at the time was considered very expensive.
The bridge's entire construction cost was $32 million. It consisted of a main span of 1,752 feet (541 m) and 23 approach spans ranging in length from 100 to 330 feet (30 to 100 m). The main span is the longest continuous truss span in the world. It crosses Dauphin Island Mote on its way from Mobile to Bay Saint Louis.
The main body of the bridge is made up of 2,722 transverse members and 156 vertical posts. Each transverse member is composed of two Y-shaped girders with their free ends connected by a horizontal crosspiece. The whole assembly is then tied together with wire cables attached to each side of the frame. There are also several smaller girders inside the main one; these are used as floor beams or as part of the railing system.
The bridge was built by the Meyer, Nunn & Myers company in Pittsburgh. The foundation for the main span was poured on October 3, 1955, and the main span was completed three years later on February 21, 1958. The project was managed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
Queen Elizabeth II inaugurated the bridge on October 30, 1991. The overall cost of construction was PS120 million (PS224 million in 2019), with the approach roads costing PS30 million (PS52 million in 2019). The bridge is made up of two parallel sets of tracks with a central reservation and footways between them. The total length of the bridge is about 710 feet (220 meters). It has 13 traffic lanes and 1 rail line with a maximum speed limit of 50 miles per hour.
The bridge's main span is 563 feet long and its main truss is 175 feet above the water level. Its main tower is 315 feet high.
The first section of the bridge, from Hartridge Road to Westminster Bridge, opened on March 4, 1937. The second section, from Westminster Bridge to Shadwell Dock, opened six months later on September 25, 1937. The third section, from Shadwell Dock to South Queensferry, opened on May 12, 1939. The whole bridge was officially opened by King George VI on October 30, 1941.
In 2011, the bridge became the longest-serving British structure still in regular use. It has been said that the bridge's lifespan could be extended because it uses such old technology and there are plans to replace it eventually.