Akashi Kaikyō Bridge

  • photo of Akashi Kaikyō Bridge
  • photo of Akashi Kaikyō Bridge
  • photo of Akashi Kaikyō Bridge
  • photo of Akashi Kaikyō Bridge
  • photo of Akashi Kaikyō Bridge
  • photo of Akashi Kaikyō Bridge
LocationHyōgo Prefectur, Japan
CrossesAkashi Strait
Statusin use
Open1998
FunctionRoad bridge
DesignSuspension bridge
Length3 911 m
Height297 m
Clearance below65 m
Longest span1 991 m
Number of spans3
See bridge in maps

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is the worlds largest suspension bridge with a main span of 1,991 meters . The bridge spans the Akashi Strait , between Kobe and Awaji - shima in Japan. Akashi Strait is a known fishing spot and there are about 1,300 boats spacewalks strait daily. The building of the bridge began in 1988 and in 1998 the bridge finished. During construction vari 1995 there was one earthquake in Kobe area. When shifted the foundations of the towers so that the main span was increased by 0.8 m Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is designed to withstand earthquakes of up to 8.5 on the Richter scale and speed of 80 meters per second.
The main cable has a diameter of 1122 mm and consists of 36,830 small wires of 5.23 mm in diameter. The main cable has a dry air system to protect the main cable from corrosion. The system provides dry air into the cables so that the humidity inside the cables remain constant. Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is lighting with 1737 lamps, lamps that are on the main cable changing colors. Next to the bridge is a wonderful bridge museum.