World’s Most Amazing Flyovers You Need to See to Believe
An overpass (known as flyover in the UK and most Commonwealth countries), can be a bridge, road, an interchange, or railway crossing. It resembles a junction or a crossroad, often a stack of roads.
Watching the world from the top is an experience in itself. Flying on a plane gives you that one-of-its-kind bird’s-eye view. So does a long drive via an overpass. While you drive and ‘are up above the world, so high’, it is a pleasure to know that it has been built quite higher than you actually thought.
But if, by any chance, driving yourself home by the same highway everyday has caused all the fun element to drift away. Take a look at some of the most beautiful flyovers in the world that have smartly used grade separation to ensure a smooth transit.
The Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange, California, USA
Don’t go by the entangled look of this structure. Always busy, this overpass in Los Angeles has a High-occupancy Vehicle (HOV) or carpool lane, and a Harbor Transitway. It is a meeting point primarily for two freeways, Interstate-105 (Glenn M. Anderson Freeway) and Interstate-110 (Harbor Freeway). This flyover is named after the federal judge who was ruling the case for the construction of Freeway I-105.
Though it opened in 1972, it got its name in 1965. The sub-editor of the local Birmingham Evening Mail had titled the news article of the then unfinished flyover construction as ‘Spaghetti Junction’. The real name of this intersection is Gravelly Hill Interchange.
The Binhai bridge in the northern Chinese municipality of Tianjin is next on the list of the world’s most amazing flyovers. With a length of 5.3 km, it connects the city’s port, the Tianjin Development Zone, and the old urban district. Besides, it looks spectacular at night.
High Five Interchange, Dallas, USA
Or, as it is officially known, the Jane Byrne Interchange in the United States, puts together the Dan Ryan, Kennedy and Eisenhower expressways. An example of a ‘turbine interchange’, this structure differs from the usual four or five-level stack interchanges. The design is more flattened. However, it is rather known for its heavy traffic and congestion.