The unique “diving” bridge between Sweden and Denmark

The unique “diving” bridge between Sweden and Denmark

This engineering marvel connects the two countries and is the longest European viaduct that combines a railroad and a highway. It was open to the public in 2000 and looks especially impressive from above.


If you are good at geography you remember that these two European countries are separated by a narrow strip of water – the strait Øresund (more commonly known in English as the Sound). The strait looks like a strip only on the map – in reality it is not so narrow and has the width of 10 mi or 16 km. Before the bridge had been built people had to travel by ferry in order to reach the bank of the neighboring country, but it took a lot of time. That's why authorities decided to construct a bridge that would connect the countries.

The bridge is really one of a kind. It is a gigantic two-level construction: the lower level is aimed for trains and the upper one – for motor vehicle transport. The viaduct ends up with an artificial island as if diving into the sea. Actually, here an underwater tunnel starts.

Such extraordinary type of construction was chosen on purpose: it doesn't create any obstacles for landing airlines (there is an airport nearby) and allows large ships to pass unimpeded.

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Diane Wernke
Diane Wernke
Amazing. Fascinating solution
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Sep 18, 2015 8:56PM
Becky Medley
Becky Medley
Interesting
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Sep 18, 2015 8:57PM
John Fallock
John Fallock
With exception of the trains, its the same as the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel.
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Sep 18, 2015 9:31PM
misterk
Have you ever been to the Tidewater area of Virginia? Bridge tunnels abound. Try the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.
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Sep 18, 2015 9:36PM
Danny More
Danny More
WOW! Cool............
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Sep 18, 2015 9:40PM
Linda Shrauger
Linda Shrauger
Amazing
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Sep 19, 2015 4:01AM
Jay Lowe
Jay Lowe
A great idea.
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Sep 19, 2015 4:42AM
Ruben Pages
Ruben Pages
Leave it to the danes!
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Sep 19, 2015 11:44AM
Bill Wright
Bill Wright
A similar split level auto/train bridge was built to connect San Francisco and the East Bay back in 1939, with a tunnel that went right through an island in the middle of the bay, plus they added a tunnel completely below the water for commuter trains (BART) since 1973.
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Sep 19, 2015 4:12PM
Trish Jordain
love to visit
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Sep 20, 2015 11:04PM
Kathleen Peterson
Kathleen Peterson
It's a beautiful bridge, and long!
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Sep 21, 2015 8:55AM
Bo Bugger
Bo Bugger
Oh yeahhhhhh...Nope I don't think. There ain't no way would you find me anywhere on that. Why? Let's say there were a earthquake or a tsunami. See the panic that would be there? Ok, ok any one with a minuscule of common sense wouldn't want to go through this claustrophobic reasons.
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Sep 21, 2015 6:05PM
Bo Bugger
Bo Bugger
It is a remarkable feat of construction and ingenuity. Beautifully designed by some great thinkers.
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Sep 21, 2015 6:09PM
LarryLane0415
If I had some beer, I would drive it all day long
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Sep 22, 2015 12:24AM
Nikki Sokol
Nikki Sokol
If you had some brains you would not drink and drive
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Sep 23, 2015 7:11AM

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