“Architecture is the art of how to waste space”, Philip Johnson told once, but civil engineers of Japan went one step ahead and build Eshima Ohashi bridge. This two lanes concrete road bridge looks more like a roller coaster than a road to drive. If you look straight onto the Eshima Ohashi, the incredibly steep incline makes it look more like a crazy ride than a road for vehicles to drive on. It’s essentially an expressway to space and an easy route to spewing from sickness.
Construction of this bridge began in 1997 and completed by the year 2004.This scary steep inclination of the bridge is not just for fun, but it rises sharply so that ships can pass underneath.
Eshima Ohashi Bridge is the third largest ridge bridge of its kind in the world and largest in Japan. It stretches above a mile long with a height of about 144 feet and a 5.1% and 6.1% grade on each end.
This rigid-frame bridge spans across Lake Nakaumi linking the cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato. Nakaumi Lake is one of the largest lakes in Japan which contains brackish water (saltier than fresh water).
Thankfully, an expertly employed high fence makes this roller coaster bridge a little less tedious and terrifying to drive on and ensures the safeguard of drivers and passengers too. So, if you ever want to do an adventure-ride, then go ahead.