Welcome to scarybridges.com

A web site dedicated to poorly built, improperly maintained, disturbing, structurally deficient, functionally obsolete or otherwise frightening bridges all across the world.


Note for mobile users: The quantity and size of images on this site may be problamatic for slow connections.


Status (Jan 2017): Due to my decision to attend graduate school I have not been able to update this site as often as I would like. I will post updates as time allows.

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Index of Scary Bridges


Issue 1, February 2012: Cochamo, Torres del Paine
Issue 2, December 2012: Conchi Viaduct
Issue 3, April 2013: Transandian Railroad
Issue 4, June 2013: Ole Creek
Issue 5, August 2013: Alexandra Suspension Bridge
Issue 6, September 2013: Bridge Creek
Issue 7, December 2013: Treefort bridge
Issue 8, May 2014: Old Tumwater Green Bridge
Issue 9, June 2014: Owsley Bridge
Issue 10, January 2015: Wonderland Snow Bridge

Honorable Mentions


Honorable Mention 1, August 2013: Alexandra Bridge
Honorable Mention 2, December 2013: Capilano Suspension Bridge
Honorable Mention 3, March 2014: Whistler bungee Bridge
Swinging Bridge Hippy Bridge (?) Swinging Bridge Hippy Bridge (?)

Introduction

There are many web pages to dedicated to cataloging all sorts of large, innovative, picturesque, or otherwise unique bridges. However, is is not so common to find pages dedicated to defective, deficient, ill-conceived, poorly maintained, or otherwise terrifying bridges - at least not unless they fail in a spectacular fashion. The most common results for a scary bridge search are for an article done as part of a much larger site. Also, some of those bridges are perfectly safe, fully functional, and often examples of exemplary engineering, construction, and maintenance. They are, at worst, worthy of an honorable mention on this site.

The entry of a bridge in this page is not intended as a sign of disrespect to its creators. No reason was found to believe that the bridge across Salto Del Soldado is unsafe, so long as use remains within its design criteria. But its overall nature makes it scary enough for an entry here; taking a walk across it could well get you killed. And the Conchi Viaduct is a remarkable feat of engineering and construction no matter how poorly maintained it is today.

Please remember that some bridges posted here were made with very limited resources, and are sometimes very old. Some were built in using horses, steam engines, or maybe just human labor. The fact that they still stand today speaks well of their creators. In some cases they were very short on resources: no professional engineers, very limited money, mostly (or all) salvaged material, and no heavy equipment. Nonetheless, they solved the problem with the resources they had. While the result can be rather scary, the author probably could not have done better given the constraints.

How bridges are selected

The decision is purely the discretion of the author. Normally criteria include:

With a few exceptions, all of the photos on this page were taken by the author. One exception is the Treefort Bridge, of which the author built, and a photograph in which he appears. Another is a historic photograph. The current plan is for other photos to be used only rarley, as the situation (and copyright) warrent.

Honorable Mentions

There is also an honorable mention section, for bridges that could be considered scary but don't meet the very low standards necessary for a full listing:

How this started

It started with a discussion of the old Otowi Suspension Bridge in New Mexico. One engineer was discussing how few suspension bridges there are in New Mexico. The author pointed out one missing from the list, located on the Rio Grand south of Taos. Pictures of the bridge in question were later provided (see above). The bridge does indeed exist, though many engineers would consider it to be in need of a little maintenance, if not outright structurally deficient. Since that time, the author has continued locating and photographing scary bridges.


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