Cross These 7 Bridges In Alaska Just Because They're So Awesome
Some people absolutely hate heights and wouldn’t be caught dead on a bridge but, for the rest of us, these bridges are great destinations. Marvel at these strong, flexible bridges that keep travelers safe over vast crevasses on Alaskan highways. You’ll love the fresh wind on your face, the thrill of the heights, and the rivers rushing far below.
1. Kuskulana River Bridge, Chitina, Edgerton Highway/McCarthy Road
Also known as the McCarthy Road Bridge, stopping at this bridge is a tradition for travelers to McCarthy. Drop a rock and make a wish (or some say three rocks and three wishes). This Deck Truss Bridge was built in 1910, refurbished in 1988. The view is intense at 238 feet above the river.
2. Nenana River Bridge, Moody, Parks Highway at Denali State Park and Preserve
This bridge faces a lot of high powered winds and stays strong. Another deck truss bridge, this one was built in 1970. The view is simply gorgeous with all the colors of interior Alaska.
3. Jack Coghill Bridge, Nenana, Parks Highway
Native Veterans' Honor Bridge was constructed in 1966-67 to link the Parks Highway between Fairbanks and Anchorage.
4. Mears Memorial Bridge, Nenana, Near Parks Highway
Nearby the Coghill Bridge, you can see this bridge that is for the Railroad only. Built in 1923, this 700 foot bridge is among the largest simple truss bridges in the world.
5. Tok River Bridge, Tetlin, Alaska Highway
The Tok River Bridge is a Through truss bridge over Tok River. It was built in 1944 and was replaced in the mid 2000's.
6. John O'Connell Bridge, Sitka to Japonski Island
This 1255-foot-long bridge has the distinction of being America's first cable-stayed girder spanned bridge. Finished in 1972, it'll take you from the town over to the nearby island.
7. Captain William Moore Bridge, Skagway, Mile 11 Klondike Highway
This fascinating bridge is built on a fault line, so it is only anchored on one side in case there is an earthquake!
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