Gephyrophobia, a phobia with a name pretty straight forward. Only if you know Greek of course. The name is derived from the Greek words “gephyra”, which means “bridge” and as all phobias were named, with “phobos”, meaning “fear.”
We are going to look into some not-so-common bridges here. You might have encountered those people who travel miles and miles long ways off the main road just to avoid bridges on their way. It is not a common phobia but it’s not very rare either. According to experts, there are people who have gephyrophobia and they don’t recognize a disorder. Instead they continue living their lives normally because they have to. A phobia is an ‘irrational fear.’ However, when we look at some of these bridges in the video below, if you landed on middle of some of these bridges, the fear won’t look so irrational anymore. There are some ‘devil made’ bridges that looks like they were made only to make people not to cross them. Before we even start, we had the feeling that this topic is going to be fun. There are few reasons for that. We all know people either who is acrophobic (fear of heights) or people who always looking for adventures. Or maybe both. So, for those you troublemakers who read this, we know you are going to prank those innocent acrophobic and gephyrophobic friends sharing this article. You can watch video below the article.
Seven Mile Bridge: A masterpiece of engineering. The Seven Mile Bridge is a famous bridge in the Florida Keys, in Monroe County, Florida, United States. It connects Knight’s Key (part of the city of Marathon, Florida) in the Middle Keys to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys. Among the longest bridges in existence when it was built, it is one of the many bridges on US 1 in the Keys, where the road is called the Overseas Highway. There are two bridges in this location. The older bridge, originally known as the Knights Key-Pigeon Key-Moser Channel-Pacet Channel Bridge, was constructed from 1909-1912 under the direction ofHenry Flagler as part of the Florida East Coast Railway’s Key West Extension, also known as the Overseas Railroad. The total length of the new bridge is actually 35,862 ft (10,931 m) or 6.79 miles (10.93 km), and is shorter than the original. Each April the bridge is closed for approximately 2.5 hours on a Saturday and a “fun run,” known as the Seven Mile Bridge Run, of 1,500 runners is held commemorating the Florida Keys bridge rebuilding project.
Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge, Colorado, USA: visited the Royal Gorge Bridge? Highest Suspension Bridge in the United States: Built back in 1929, the Royal Gorge Bridge once held the title as the highest bridge in the world for 70 years! Losing that title to the Liuguanghe Bridge in 2001, the Royal Gorge bridge remains the highest bridge in the United States. Standing at 955 feet, the Royal Gorge Bridge towers over the Arkansas River with a total length of 1,260 feet, which is just shy of a quarter mile. To give that a little perspective, the bridge would still be taller than the top floor of the Eiffel Tower by about 50 feet. The bridge was built in 6 months between June and November for a cost of 350,000 dollars. Adjusted for inflation, that would come out to a little over 5.2 million dollars today.
Titlis Cliff Walk: Mt. Titlis, Switzerland – 9 March, 2016: the Titlis Cliff Walk suspension bridge. The Titlis Cliff Walk is a pedestrian suspension bridge along the cliff of Mount Titlis in the Swiss Alps. Built at around 3000 m above sea level, it is considered to be.The TITLIS Cliff Walk holds the record for being the highest suspension bridge in Europe.
Puente De Ojuela, Mexico: Puente de Ojuela situated in Mexico is considered one of the most dangerous and mysterious places on the planet. The bridge was built over a deep canyon in 1898; it served the shortest transition from the town to Ojuela mines, where precious metals and other minerals were mined. The draft of the first bridge project was developed by sons of world-famous engineer John Roebling; the most famous of his creations is Brooklyn Bridge. Year: 1898. Lenght: 275 meters.
The Hanging Bridge Ghasa Nepal: The Ghasa’s Hanging Bridge is newly built, scary bridge that stretches high above a river valley in the vicinity of the town of Ghasa, within Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. This very narrow bridge is located at a great height above the river that runs beneath it, however, it was built not just for the people to cross it, but also the very important cattle. Despite the look it has as a fragile, extremely unstable, ready to break and badly shaken piece of architecture, it is definitely very reliable as it is equipped with high railings making it very safe for everyone to cross. The main purpose for the construction was so that the herds of animals would not have to go the winding small and very narrow paths in the valley, the Ghasa’s Hanging Bridge eased the locals’ lives and their principal mean of livelihood today moves around faster than before.
Coiling Dragon path, Hunan, China: This is the brand new glass skywalk on the side of Tianmen Mountain in China. Its name? The Coiling Dragon Cliff skywalk. Tianmen is already a big tourist attraction. It has a famous cable car, the Tianmen Mountain Cableway, that gives people high-flying views of the mountain and surrounding area. Meanwhile, Tianmen’s plank road is a sky-high walkway that stretches for kilometres around the mountain’s edge. Now, the plank road was a pretty exhilarating and scary experience already. As well as incredibly majestic. But however nervewracking it might have been, it was nothing compared to the moment when they began adding glass-floored sections to it. The first glass section was opened in 2011. The Coiling Dragon Cliff skywalk (which opened this week) is the third and maybe the most intense. The glass portion is 100 m (325 ft.) long. But the real kicker? The walkway is 300 m (nearly 1000 ft.) above the ground below.
Q’eswachaka Bridge Peru: Every year, communities in the Cusco region of Peru come together to replace the Inca rope bridge that crosses the Apurimac River. In 2020, this tradition was stopped due to the pandemic. This year, the groups have reunited to use ancient rope weaving techniques, passed from generation to generation, recreating the “living bridge” that’s been there more than 500 years.
Kuandinsky Bridge Russia: Kuandinsky Bridge over the Vitim River, located on the border of Zabaikalsky region and the Republic of Buryatia, is definitely one of the most dangerous road bridges in the world. Construction of the bridge was not completed, although it had begun more than 30 years ago. Local residents and travelers cross it at their own risk. The bridge is about half a kilometer long, and the width is almost equal to the width of a car. There are no any railings and fences. In addition, a strong wind is constantly blowing over the river. That’s why people open windows in their cars to reduce windage.
Bongyagu Bridge China: Vertigo sufferers beware! Taking a walk along the world’s longest glass bridge in China’s Hebei province is a head-spinning undertaking. Completed in late 2017, the Hongyagu Glass Footbridge is the longest glass deck paneled footbridge in the world. The central span of 445 meters also ranks among the 5 longest footbridges in the world. The bridge measures 488 meters between the backside of the underground anchorages.
Hussaini Hanging Bridge: World’s most dangerous bridge. Hussaini suspension bridge crosses the lake Borit upstream of Hunza river in northern Pakistan. A 2,600 m altitude, in the region of Gilgit-Baltistan is the world’s most dangerous bridge. It is an important point of connection of the routes that go to the north of the country, belongs to the people of Pasu and other neighboring villages and ends at the lake itself in Giglit-Baltistan. Since 1978 is relatively isolated by the lack of roads and infrastructure, the only possible way is through the mountains to Rawalpindi, or traffic of aircraft but only for the richest people, Internal insulation between regions is offset by the construction of the Karakoram Highway, which crosses the region from outside. The view from the Hussaini-Borit Lake Bridge is picturesque, not to mention precarious and potentially lethal.
Iya Kazurabashi Bridge, Japan: 13 suspension bridges made of mountain vines (kazurabashi) used to be found throughout the Iya Valley and provided a vital means of getting people and goods across the river in the past. Two of the surviving bridges still stand side by side deep in the inner valley. The larger of the two bridges, Husband Bridge (Otto no Hashi), stretches 44 meters across the river next to a small waterfall, while the slightly lower Wife Bridge (Tsuma no Hashi) is a 22 meter span just a little ways upstream. The bridges are constructed with steel cables hidden within the vines for safety and are rebuilt every three years. The bridges are connected to each other by a network of paved hiking trails that also lead to camping facilities on the far side of the river.
Eshima Ohashi Bridge Japan: Amazing Eshima Ohashi bridge in Japan, the third-largest in the world, appears to have an extraordinarily steep incline on both sides, so ships can easily pass underneath. The incredible two-lane concrete road bridge connects the cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato, which spans across Lake Nakaumi. The bridge reaches a length of 1.7 kilometers and has a width of 11.4 meters, with a 5.1 percent and 6.1 percent gradient on each side. The unusual steep bridge was recently featured in a commercial for Daihatsu Motor Co’s Tanto minivan to test the vehicle’s durability. You can watch video here: