The Most Precarious Vehicle Bridge in the World (Probably)

The Most Precarious Vehicle Bridge in the World (Probably)

You need steady nerves and some degree of driving confidence to orienteer this particular bridge. The Kuandinsky Bridge, in Russia’s Trans-Baikal Region is probably one of the most precarious vehicle crossings in the world.

Stretching 570 meters over the Vitim River, the bridge is just over two meters wide and features no railing or other safety features. One false move and you and your car could be plunging into sub-zero waters.

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The bridge has not seen much in the way of repair since Soviet times. Added to the danger is the fact the decaying structure is simply covered with old wooden railway sleepers – these become extra slippery when covered with ice and snow.

However, one cannot blame the original designers for the lack of safety features. The bridge was meant to be used as part of the Baikal–Amur Mainline train service, a 4,324-km-long railway traversing Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far-East.

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Obviously a train going across the bridge on tracks is far more stable than a regular sedan.

In the end the Kuandinsky (a.k.a Kalarsky) Bridge was never inaugurated. In the absence of any trains, the resourceful locals took it upon themselves to start using it to cross the Vitim River in their cars.

The Most Precarious Vehicle Bridge in the World (Probably)

You would think that there would have been countless accidents over the years. This it seems is not the case. According to Russian blogger Sergey Dolya, there is no online record of any accidents or fatalities linked to Kuandinsky Bridge.

They must all be terrific drivers.

(Image Credits: Russiantrek.org, Zorrotrek.com)

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