Tatara Bridge 1999

Tatara Bridge 1999

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The Bridge

There are three routes, constructed in the 1990s, that connect the islands of Honshu and Shikoku in Japan across the Seto Inland Sea. The western crossing has a complex of seven major bridges. One of these is the 890m-main-span Tatara Bridge which connects Ikuchi Island to Ohmishima Island. Further south on this route are the Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridges.

The Tatara Bridge is a cable-stayed suspension bridge with distinctive A-shaped steel towers, that are 220m high. It carries the two-lane Nishiseto Expressway (also known as the Shimanami Kaido).

Tatara Bridge

One of the world's longest span cable-stayed suspension bridges

Key Facts

Four-lane road bridge

Part of the Nishiseto Expressway


Hiroshima to Ehime, Japan

Across the Seto Inland Sea

Part of the Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Project

Consulting Engineers

Honshu Shikoku Bridge Authority


Cable-stayed suspension bridge

890m main span

1,480m total length

Main contractors

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries


Began in 1993

Opened 1 May 1999

Other long-span bridges