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This list of continuous bridge spans ranks the world's continuous truss bridge
Continuous truss bridge
A continuous truss bridge is a truss bridge which extends without hinges or joints across three or more supports. A continuous truss bridge may use less material than a series of simple trusses because a continuous truss distributes live loads across all the spans; in a series of simple trusses,...

s in two ways. First by the length of main span (the longest length of unsupported roadway) and second by the total length of continuous truss spans.

This list includes bridges that act primarily as a continuous truss. These bridges may appear to be—or may incorporate elements of—a different design. For example, the list includes the Francis Scott Key Bridge
Francis Scott Key Bridge
Francis Scott Key Bridge, or Key Bridge can refer to:*Francis Scott Key Bridge , a bridge crossing the outer harbor of Baltimore, Maryland...

 which incorporates an arch
Arch bridge
An arch bridge is a bridge with abutments at each end shaped as a curved arch. Arch bridges work by transferring the weight of the bridge and its loads partially into a horizontal thrust restrained by the abutments at either side...

 shape into the design, but is continuous across multiple spans. The Key Bridge acts first as a continuous truss bridge and secondarily as an arch bridge. This list does not include cantilever bridge
Cantilever bridge
A cantilever bridge is a bridge built using cantilevers, structures that project horizontally into space, supported on only one end. For small footbridges, the cantilevers may be simple beams; however, large cantilever bridges designed to handle road or rail traffic use trusses built from...

s.

Only bridges that are currently in use are included in the rankings. Bridges currently being planned, designed, or constructed and bridges that have been demolished are noted separately.

List ranked by length of main span


The length of main span is the most common method of comparing the size of bridges. The length of the main span will often correlate with the depth of the truss (height of the truss from bottom to top) and the engineering complexity involved in designing and constructing the bridge.

For bridges that have the same span length, the older bridge is listed first.
Note: Click on each bridge's rank to go to the bridge's official Web site. Ranks with a red asterisk (*) do not have official Web sites (or they do not have an English-language version) and are linked instead to a reference entry.

    |Rank |Name | Location Main
span
metres
|Year
opened
http://www.aisc.org/Content/ContentGroups/Documents/NSBA5/20_NSBA_LongestSpans.PDF* Ikitsuki Bridge
(The longest span from 1991 to the present)
  Nagasaki Prefecture
Nagasaki Prefecture
is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyūshū. The capital is the city of Nagasaki.- History :Nagasaki Prefecture was created by merging of the western half of the former province of Hizen with the island provinces of Tsushima and Iki...

, Japan
Japan
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...

400 1312   1991
http://en.structurae.de/structures/data/index.cfm?ID=s0000548 * Astoria-Megler Bridge
Astoria-Megler Bridge
The Astoria–Megler Bridge is a steel girder continuous truss bridge that spans the Columbia River between Astoria, Oregon and Point Ellice near Megler, Washington, in the United States. The span is from the mouth of the river, and was the last segment of U.S. Route 101 between Olympia, Washington...

 
(The longest span from 1966 to 1991)
  Astoria, Oregon
Astoria, Oregon
Astoria is the county seat of Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Situated near the mouth of the Columbia River, the city was named after the American investor John Jacob Astor. His American Fur Company founded Fort Astoria at the site in 1811...

, USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

376 1,232   1966
http://www.mdta.state.md.us/mdta/servlet/dispatchServlet?url=/TollFacilities/FrancisScottKeyBridge.jsp Francis Scott Key Bridge
Francis Scott Key Bridge (Baltimore)
The Francis Scott Key Bridge, also known as the Outer Harbor Bridge or simply the Key Bridge, is a continuous truss bridge spanning the Patapsco River in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The main span of is the third longest span of any continuous truss in the world.The bridge was opened in March 1977...

  Baltimore, Maryland, USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

366 1,200   1977

|-
|
|| http://en.structurae.de/structures/data/index.cfm?id=s0029852
|| Dashengguan Bridge
||   Nanjing
Nanjing
' is the capital of Jiangsu province in China and has a prominent place in Chinese history and culture, having been the capital of China on several occasions...

, China
China
Chinese civilization may refer to:* China for more general discussion of the country.* Chinese culture* Greater China, the transnational community of ethnic Chinese.* History of China* Sinosphere, the area historically affected by Chinese culture...


|| 336
|| 1,102
||   2010
|-
|
|| http://www.civil.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp/str/rec/ooshima/ooshima_eng.html *
|| Oshima Bridge
||   Yamaguchi Prefecture
Yamaguchi Prefecture
is a prefecture of Japan in the Chūgoku region on Honshū island. The capital is the city of Yamaguchi, in the center of the prefecture. The largest city, however, is Shimonoseki.- History :...

, Japan
Japan
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...


|| 325
|| 1,066
||   1976
|-
|
|| http://en.structurae.de/structures/data/index.cfm?id=s0005592 *
|| Tenmon Bridge
||   Kumamoto Prefecture
Kumamoto Prefecture
is a prefecture of Japan located on Kyushu Island. The capital is the city of Kumamoto.- History :Historically the area was called Higo Province; and the province was renamed Kumamoto during the Meiji Restoration. The creation of prefectures was part of the abolition of the feudal system...

, Japan
Japan
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...


|| 300
|| 984
||   1966
|-
|
|| http://en.structurae.de/structures/data/index.cfm?ID=s0005593
|| Kuronoseto Bridge
||   Kuronoseto, Japan
Japan
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...


|| 300
|| 984
||   1974
|-
|
|| http://en.structurae.de/structures/data/index.cfm?ID=s0009535
|| Ravenswood Bridge
Ravenswood Bridge
Ravenswood Bridge is a two-lane cantilever bridge in the United States, connecting Ravenswood, West Virginia and rural Meigs County, Ohio, across the Ohio River. It has a total length of with a main span of...


||   Ravenswood, West Virginia
Ravenswood, West Virginia
Ravenswood is a city in Jackson County, West Virginia, United States, along the Ohio River. The population was 4,031 at the 2000 census.-Geography:Ravenswood is located at , along the Ohio River at the mouth of Sandy Creek....

, USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...


|| 274
|| 900
||   1980
|-
|
|| http://www.cincinnati-transit.net/taylorsg.html *
|| Taylor-Southgate Bridge
Taylor-Southgate Bridge
The Taylor–Southgate Bridge is a continuous truss bridge that was built in 1995. It has a main span of 850 feet , and a total span of 1850 feet . The bridge carries U.S...


||   Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio. Cincinnati is the county seat of Hamilton County. Settled in 1788, the city is located to north of the Ohio River at the Ohio-Kentucky border, near Indiana. The population within city limits is 296,943 according to the 2010 census, making it Ohio's...

, USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...


|| 259
|| 850
||   1995
|-
|
|| http://en.structurae.de/structures/data/index.cfm?id=s0004524 *
|| Julien Dubuque Bridge
Julien Dubuque Bridge
The Julien Dubuque Bridge traverses the Mississippi River. It joins the cities of Dubuque, Iowa, and East Dubuque, Illinois. The bridge is part of the U.S. Highway 20 route...


||   Dubuque, Iowa
Dubuque, Iowa
Dubuque is a city in and the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. In 2010 its population was 57,637, making it the ninth-largest city in the state and the county's population was 93,653....

, USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...


|| 258
|| 845
||   1943
|-
|
|| http://www.mhd.state.ma.us/default.asp?pgid=bridge/braga&sid=bridgeData
|| Braga Bridge
||   Fall River, Massachusetts
Fall River, Massachusetts
Fall River is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts, in the United States. It is located about south of Boston, southeast of Providence, Rhode Island, and west of New Bedford and south of Taunton. The city's population was 88,857 during the 2010 census, making it the tenth largest city in...

, USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...


|| 256
|| 840
||   1966
|-
| Linked image
|| http://www.civil.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp/str/rec/kamakari/kamakari_eng.html *
|| Kamakari bridge
||   Hiroshima Prefecture
Hiroshima Prefecture
is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on Honshu island. The capital is the city of Hiroshima.- History :The area around Hiroshima was formerly divided into Bingo Province and Aki Province. This location has been a center of trade and culture since the beginning of Japan's recorded...

, Japan
Japan
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...


|| 255
|| 837
||   1979

|-
| Linked image
|| http://nationalbridges.com/nbi_record.php?StateCode=21&struct=113B00045N *
|| Earle C. Clements (Shawneetown) Bridge
Shawneetown Bridge
The Shawneetown Bridge is a cantilever truss bridge carrying Kentucky Route 56 and Illinois Route 13 across the Ohio River. The bridge connects Old Shawneetown, Illinois to rural Union County, Kentucky. The Shawneetown Bridge was featured in a scene in the movie U.S. Marshals. The movie's crash...


||   Old Shawneetown, Illinois
Old Shawneetown, Illinois
Old Shawneetown is a village in Gallatin County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 193. Located along the Ohio River, Shawneetown served as an important United States government administrative center for the Northwest Territory. The village was...

, USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...


|| 252
|| 826
||   1955
|-
|
|| http://www.mdta.state.md.us/mdta/servlet/dispatchServlet?url=/TollFacilities/FrancisScottKeyBridge.jsp *
|| Bob Cummings - Lincoln Trail Bridge
||   Cannelton, Indiana
Cannelton, Indiana
Cannelton is a city in Troy Township, Perry County, Indiana, United States, along the Ohio River. The population was 1,209 at the 2000 census. Cannelton, which is the smallest incorporated city in the state, was formerly the county seat of Perry County until the seat was relocated to Tell City...

, USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...


|| 251
|| 825
||   1966
|-
|
|| http://nationalbridges.com/nbi_record.php?StateCode=29&struct=1684 *
|| Cairo I-57 Bridge
Cairo I-57 Bridge
The Cairo I-57 Bridge is an arch bridge carrying 4 lanes of Interstate 57 across the Mississippi River between Charleston, Missouri and Cairo, Illinois. It was opened in 1978.-See also:*List of crossings of the Upper Mississippi River...


||   Cairo, Illinois
Cairo, Illinois
Cairo is the southernmost city in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is the county seat of Alexander County. Cairo is located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. The rivers converge at Fort Defiance State Park, an American Civil War fort that was commanded by General Ulysses S. Grant...

, USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...


|| 250
|| 821
||   1978
|-
| Linked image
|| http://www.jb-honshi.co.jp/english/technology/yoshima.html
|| Yoshima Bridge
Yoshima Bridge
The is a truss bridge with a main span of and a total of 5 spans. The span carries roadway and the Seto-Ōhashi Line railway tracks. It is immediately south of the and...

 
||   Seto Inland Sea, Japan
Japan
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...


|| 245
|| 804
||   1988
|-
|
|| http://www.nysba.state.ny.us/bridgepages/KRB/KRBpage/krb_page.htm
|| Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge
Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge
The Kingston–Rhinecliff Bridge is a continuous under-deck truss bridge that carries NY 199 across the Hudson River in New York State north of the City of Kingston and the hamlet of Rhinecliff. It was opened to traffic on February 2, 1957 as a two-lane bridge, although it was not actually...


||   Kingston, New York
Kingston, New York
Kingston is a city in and the county seat of Ulster County, New York, USA. It is north of New York City and south of Albany. It became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British Oct. 16, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga...

, USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...


|| 244
|| 800
||   1957

|-
|
|| http://en.structurae.de/structures/data/index.cfm?ID=s0002372 *
|| Don N. Holt Bridge
Don N. Holt Bridge
The Don N. Holt Bridge is a parallel chord, three-span continuous, modified Warren-type truss bridge that spans the Cooper River between Charleston and North Charleston...


||   Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is the second largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina. It was made the county seat of Charleston County in 1901 when Charleston County was founded. The city's original name was Charles Towne in 1670, and it moved to its present location from a location on the west bank of the...

, USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...


|| 244
|| 800
||   1992

|-
| Linked image
|| http://www.pcl.com/projects/Archived/H00109/index.aspx *
|| Glade Creek Bridge
||   Beckley, West Virginia
Beckley, West Virginia
Beckley is a city in Raleigh County, West Virginia, United States, which was founded on April 4, 1838. The 2008 population was estimated to be 16,832 by the U.S. Census Bureau. Early in its history, the town was known as Beckleyville and Raleigh Court House...

, USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...


|| 239
|| 785
||   1988
|-
| Linked image
|| http://en.structurae.de/structures/data/index.cfm?ID=s0009577 *
|| Rochester-Monaca Bridge
Rochester-Monaca Bridge
The Monaca–Rochester Bridge is a steel through continuous truss bridge which crosses the Ohio River between Monaca, Pennsylvania and Rochester, Pennsylvania. It opened in 1986 and is the third bridge to occupy the site...


||   Rochester, Pennsylvania
Rochester, Pennsylvania
Rochester is a borough in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States. Located northwest of Pittsburgh, it is part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. The population was 4,014 at the 2000 census....

, USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...


|| 238
|| 780
||   1987
|-
| Linked image
|| http://en.structurae.de/structures/data/index.cfm?id=s0031530 *
|| Rockpile Road Bridge
||   Sonoma County, California
Sonoma County, California
Sonoma County, located on the northern coast of the U.S. state of California, is the largest and northernmost of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties. Its population at the 2010 census was 483,878. Its largest city and county seat is Santa Rosa....

, USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...


|| 230
|| 753
||   1978
|-
|
|| http://en.structurae.de/structures/data/index.cfm?ID=s0006129 *
|| Sewickley Bridge
Sewickley Bridge
The Sewickley Bridge is a steel continuous truss bridge spanning the Ohio River at Sewickley, Pennsylvania and Moon Township, Pennsylvania carrying State Route 4025 and the Orange Belt. It was built by American Bridge Company and opened October 21, 1981. Its center span is long and the side spans...


||   Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Sewickley is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, west northwest of Pittsburgh along the Ohio River. It is a residential suburb of Pittsburgh. The population was 3,827 at the 2010 census...

, USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...


|| 229
|| 750
||   1981
|-
|
|| http://www.drpa.org/drpa/bridges_br.html
|| Betsy Ross Bridge
Betsy Ross Bridge
The Betsy Ross Bridge is a continuous truss bridge spanning the Delaware River from Philadelphia to Pennsauken, New Jersey. It was originally planned as the Delair Bridge, after a paralleling vertical lift bridge owned by Pennsylvania Railroad , but was instead named for Betsy Ross, reputed creator...


||   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...


|| 222
|| 729
||   1976

|-
|
|| http://en.structurae.de/structures/data/index.cfm?ID=s0006129 *
|| Matthew E. Welsh Bridge
Matthew E. Welsh Bridge
Matthew E. Welsh Bridge is a two-lane, single-deck continuous truss bridge on the Ohio River. The bridge connects Kentucky Route 79 and Indiana State Road 135, as well as the communities of Brandenburg, Kentucky and Mauckport, Indiana....


||   Mauckport, Indiana
Mauckport, Indiana
Mauckport is a town in Heth Township, Harrison County, Indiana, along the Ohio River. The population was 81 at the 2010 census.-History:In the earliest times Daniel Boone and his brothers, most notably Squire Boone, were regularly in the area of Mauckport. Squire Boone settled in the area in 1806...

, USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...


|| 221
|| 725
||   1966
|}

List ranked by total length



It is also possible to rank continuous truss bridges by the sum of the continuous spans.

Note that if the bridge has an expansion joint (a discontinuity), the sections of the bridge would be considered separate (by the definition of a continuous bridge) for the purposes of this ranking. The Yoshima Bridge
Yoshima Bridge
The is a truss bridge with a main span of and a total of 5 spans. The span carries roadway and the Seto-Ōhashi Line railway tracks. It is immediately south of the and...

 is an example of this. It consists of two continuous-truss sections that together have five total spans. The first section (or unit) is 2-span continuous, 125 m + 137 m; the second section is a 3-span unit, 165 m + 245 m + 165 m.
Rank Name Location Individual span lengths
in feet or meters
Total length in
feet and meters
1 Dashengguan Bridge   Nanjing
Nanjing
' is the capital of Jiangsu province in China and has a prominent place in Chinese history and culture, having been the capital of China on several occasions...

, China
China
Chinese civilization may refer to:* China for more general discussion of the country.* Chinese culture* Greater China, the transnational community of ethnic Chinese.* History of China* Sinosphere, the area historically affected by Chinese culture...

108 + 192 + 336 + 336 + 192 + 108 meters 4173 feet (1,271.9 m)
2 Francis Scott Key Bridge
Francis Scott Key Bridge (Baltimore)
The Francis Scott Key Bridge, also known as the Outer Harbor Bridge or simply the Key Bridge, is a continuous truss bridge spanning the Patapsco River in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The main span of is the third longest span of any continuous truss in the world.The bridge was opened in March 1977...

  Baltimore, Maryland, USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

219.6 + 366 + 219.6 meters 2640 feet (804.7 m)
3 Ikitsuki OHashi Bridge   Nagasaki Prefecture
Nagasaki Prefecture
is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyūshū. The capital is the city of Nagasaki.- History :Nagasaki Prefecture was created by merging of the western half of the former province of Hizen with the island provinces of Tsushima and Iki...

, Japan
Japan
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...

200 + 400 + 200 meters 2625 feet (800.1 m)
4 Astoria-Megler Bridge
Astoria-Megler Bridge
The Astoria–Megler Bridge is a steel girder continuous truss bridge that spans the Columbia River between Astoria, Oregon and Point Ellice near Megler, Washington, in the United States. The span is from the mouth of the river, and was the last segment of U.S. Route 101 between Olympia, Washington...

  Astoria, Oregon
Astoria, Oregon
Astoria is the county seat of Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Situated near the mouth of the Columbia River, the city was named after the American investor John Jacob Astor. His American Fur Company founded Fort Astoria at the site in 1811...

, USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

616 + 1,232 + 616 feet (187.8 m) 2464 feet (751 m)

History of the record span

Name Location Main span
in meters (feet)
Longest
from
Longest
to
Ikitsuki OHashi Bridge   Nagasaki Prefecture
Nagasaki Prefecture
is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyūshū. The capital is the city of Nagasaki.- History :Nagasaki Prefecture was created by merging of the western half of the former province of Hizen with the island provinces of Tsushima and Iki...

, Japan
Japan
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...

400 m (1,312.3 ft) 1991 present
Astoria-Megler Bridge
Astoria-Megler Bridge
The Astoria–Megler Bridge is a steel girder continuous truss bridge that spans the Columbia River between Astoria, Oregon and Point Ellice near Megler, Washington, in the United States. The span is from the mouth of the river, and was the last segment of U.S. Route 101 between Olympia, Washington...

  Astoria, Oregon
Astoria, Oregon
Astoria is the county seat of Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Situated near the mouth of the Columbia River, the city was named after the American investor John Jacob Astor. His American Fur Company founded Fort Astoria at the site in 1811...

, USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

375.6 m (1,232.3 ft) 1966 1991
Linked image Duisburg-Rheinhausen Bridge   Duisburg
Duisburg
- History :A legend recorded by Johannes Aventinus holds that Duisburg, was built by the eponymous Tuisto, mythical progenitor of Germans, ca. 2395 BC...

, Germany
Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

254.5 metres (835 ft) 1945 1966
Sciotoville Bridge
Sciotoville Bridge
The Sciotoville Bridge is a steel continuous truss bridge carrying tracks of the CSX railroad across the Ohio River between Siloam - a junction located north of Limeville, Kentucky and east of South Shore, Kentucky - and Sciotoville, Ohio in the United States...

  Sciotodale, Ohio
Sciotodale, Ohio
Sciotodale is a census-designated place in Scioto County, Ohio, United States. The population was 982 at the 2000 census.-Geography:Sciotodale is located at ....

, USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

236 metres (774.3 ft) 1917 1945