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A highway bridge near Castrop-Rauxel, Germany – built 1978 but not connected on either end
A highway bridge near Castrop-Rauxel, Germany – built 1978 but not connected on either end
An overpass to nowhere in Summit, New Jersey: Brantwood Terrace Overpass,[1] walled off on both ends
An overpass to nowhere in Summit, New Jersey: Brantwood Terrace Overpass,[1] walled off on both ends
A former railway bridge over the Váci út in Újpest, Budapest, Hungary – with its rail line defunct in the early 1990s, the cityside approach of the bridge was demolished to create space for construction.
A former railway bridge over the Váci út in Újpest, Budapest, Hungary – with its rail line defunct in the early 1990s, the cityside approach of the bridge was demolished to create space for construction.

A bridge to nowhere is a bridge where one or both ends are broken, incomplete, or unconnected to any roads. If it is an overpass or an interchange, the term overpass to nowhere or interchange to nowhere may be used respectively.[2][3] There are five main origins for these bridges:

Metaphoric use

Further, the term "bridge to nowhere" may be used by political opponents to describe a bridge (or proposed bridge) that serves low-population areas at high cost, a symbol of pork barrel spending.[4]

It may also be used to describe a useless construction in overall.

It can simply mean as well "dead end" or "useless" in that way without referring to a construction.

Incomplete and damaged bridges

Argentina

Belgium

Canada

China

Czech Republic

France

Pont Saint-Bénezet in Avignon, France

Germany

Soda-Brücke Euskirchen
Soda-Brücke Euskirchen

The colloquial name for a bridge to nowhere in Germany is "Soda-Brücke" (a pun on "so da" = "just there"). Many of the bridges were built in the 1970s as part of the Autobahn network, but the oil crisis and rising environmental consciousness slowed many highway extensions.

Hong Kong

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Italy

New Zealand

Norway

Philippines

Poland

near Lisowo, demolished 2019
near Lisowo, demolished 2019

Russia

The bridge of Vachevskaya Street in Pavlovsky Posad
The bridge of Vachevskaya Street in Pavlovsky Posad
The bridge in Porozovo
The bridge in Porozovo

Slovakia

Spain

Taiwan

United Kingdom

The former Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway bridge at Blandford Forum. Following closure of the line, the span over the river (right) was demolished, and the earth embankment on the left was reused for nearby flood defence work, leaving it as a "bridge to nowhere".
The former Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway bridge at Blandford Forum. Following closure of the line, the span over the river (right) was demolished, and the earth embankment on the left was reused for nearby flood defence work, leaving it as a "bridge to nowhere".

United States

Bridges to unpopulated or low-population areas

Australia

Canada

Ireland

Harry Blaney Bridge, Ireland
Harry Blaney Bridge, Ireland

Malaysia

Malta

The St. Elmo Bridge in Valletta, Malta has been called a bridge to nowhere since it only leads to a breakwater and a small lighthouse
The St. Elmo Bridge in Valletta, Malta has been called a bridge to nowhere since it only leads to a breakwater and a small lighthouse

Russia

United States

Obsolete bridges and approaches

See also

References

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