Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap

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We'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

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    Now a state historic park, the Walkway Over the Hudson is the longest footbridge in the world, serving as a link between trails on both sides of the river for walkers, runners, cyclists, and rollerbladers.
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    First built in 1889 and crossing over the Capilano River, this bridge in North Vancouver attracts nearly a million visitors a year. There have been several incidents of tourists falling off, on or near the bridge.
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    Oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe.
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    This famous Irish rope bridge connects the mainland to a small fishing island. The rewards for crossing, if you can stand the height, are fantastic views and an island teeming with wildlife.
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    Pedestrian bridge over the Charles River connecting Cambridge with the Allston neighborhood of Boston. Great spot for watching the Head of the Charles Regatta, and for late night jumps into the Charles River.
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    The world's highest vehicular bridge, the Millau Viaduct traverses land not water, though when the fog rolls in, crossing the Millau can feel like crossing the sky. The bridge's construction set 3 world records.
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    An asymmetrical bridge with 3 support arches leaping from side to side, said to highlight Brasilia's stunning sunsets.
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    A draw bridge that doesn't draw. It goes straight up, pulled by a butterfly pulley system. More commonly known as a Vertical Lift Bridge, it takes about 12 minutes to go all the way.
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    This award-winning tilt bridge uses a system of hydraulic Rams that pivot the walkway so that boats can pass through. The process takes less the 5 minutes, and looks like a giant eyelid slowing opening and closing.
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    The Bosphorus Bridge connects Europe and Asia, and is equipped with a computerized LED lighting system so that at night, fully lit, it looks quite impressive.
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    The Bridge of Sighs passes over the Rio Di Palazzo and connects the New Prison with the Doge's Palace. The poet Lord Byron came up with the name, taking it from the legend that prisoners would sigh as they took in their last view of Venice.
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