Here is the Bridge that turns into a Tunnel and Connects Denmark and Sweden
Have you seen this bridge turns into a tunnel and connects Denmark and Sweden?
Sweden and Denmark thought that it would be a good idea to build a bridge that connects the two countries as one.
Called the Öresund or Øresund Bridge, this beautiful architectural bridge turns into a tunnel, and has an artificial island.
It was opened in 2000 after only five years of construction. It is nearly eight kilometers (five miles) long and it can reach half way through the strait.
Then it continues on the 4km long Peberholm, Pepper Islet, before plunging into Drogen tunnel, which goes for another 4 kilometers.
Basically the bridge works as a double-track railway and motorway bridge across the Öresund strait between Scania and Denmark.
The best thing about this bridge is that not only features roads and railways, but also four dark fiber network cables to carry all Internet data transmission for Finland.
The man-made island that connects bridge and tunnel is called Peberholm, and it’s had an unexpectedly positive impact for the local flora and fauna.
And are we going to talk about that underwater tunnel? It is located at the crossing of the strait which is completed by a 4 km underwater tunnel, called the Drogden Tunnel from Peberholm to the Danish island of Amager.
The bridge is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe which connects two major metropolitan areas.
It connects the road and rail networks of the Scandinavian Peninsula with those of Central and Western Europe.
The Øresund Bridge was designed by the Danish engineering firm COWI.
It was designed to cross the border between Denmark and Sweden, but in accordance with the Schengen Agreement and the Nordic Passport Union, there are usually no passport inspections.
However, there are random customs checks at the entrance toll booths entering Sweden, but not when entering Denmark.
Yes, it might look rather ominous, but the bridge is a true engineering marvel.
The bridge, which is jointly operated by both countries, allows the region of some 3.7 million people to live in one country and work in another, though it’s not cheap. A ten-trip card runs 354 euro, or about 400 USD.
The cable-stayed bridge features two 669-foot-high pylons supporting the bridge span across the channel. Here you can take a walk on the world’s most luxurious bridges!
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