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Akashi Kaikyō Bridge
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Akashi Kaikyō Bridge from the air, December 2005
Coordinates 34°36′58″N 135°01′14″E / 34.6162°N 135.0205°E / 34.6162; 135.0205
Carries Six lanes of the E28 Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway and four emergency lanes
Crosses Akashi Strait
Locale Awaji Island and Kobe
Other name(s) Pearl Bridge
Maintained by Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Expressway Company Limited
(JB Honshi Kōsoku)
Design Suspension bridge
Total length 3,911 metres (12,831 ft; 2.430 mi)
Height 282.8 metres (928 ft) (pylons)
Longest span 1,991 metres (6,532 ft; 1.237 mi)
Clearance below 65.72 metres (215.6 ft)
Designer Satoshi Kashima
Construction begin 1988
Construction end 1998
Opened April 5, 1998
Toll ¥2,300
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The Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge (明石海峡大橋, Akashi Kaikyō Ō-hashi), also known as the Pearl Bridge, is the world's longest suspension bridge.

Akashi-Kaikyō connects the island of Honshu with Awaji Island in the Seto Inland Sea. The bridge is part of the Honshu-Shikoku Highway which allows cars to cross the Akashi Strait.


Construction begin in May 1988. The bridge was opened on April 5, 1998.

The cost of building the bridge is estimated at 500 billion yen.

  • Structurae, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

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