This dangerous-looking vehicle bridge in Russia’s Trans-Baikal Region, is the most adrenaline-inducing you’ll ever see!
Stretching 570 meters over the Vitim River, this precarious Kuandinsky Bridge is just over two meters wide that features no railing or other safety features to keep the cars from falling into the frozen water if anything could go wrong.
Originally designed as a railway bridge, as part of the Baikal–Amur Mainline, a 4,324-km-long railway traversing Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far-East, Kuandinsky (a.k.a Kalarsky) Bridge was never inaugurated, so the people of Kuanda, a nearby village of around 1,500 inhabitants, started using it to cross the Vitim River.
Due to the fact that it’s not officially a functioning vehicle bridge, almost no repairs have been done to it in three decades since it was built. Time and brutal weather conditions have taken a heavy toll on the wooden sleepers, and they often break under the weight of large cars, leaving holes that drivers themselves have to plug or cover with planks in order to cross.
Crossing Kuandinsky Bridge in late Spring and Summer is a big challenge, especially for large trucks, but it’s during the winter that it becomes truly scary. As if the reduced width, lack of railings and slippery wooden surface weren’t enough to put drivers on edge, the strong side winds really get their blood pumping.
Even the most experienced drivers cross the bridge with all their windows down to prevent the wind from pushing the cars to a watery grave.
But despite the challenge it poses, or should I say, because of it, Kuandinky Bridge is more popular today than it has ever been, attracting daredevils from all around the region. It is also dubbed as the world’s most extreme vehicle bridge.
Making it from one side to the other, an achievement bragging about, and a lot of the drivers record the experience and post it online as proof.
Surprisingly, according to Russian blogger Sergey Dolya, there is no online record of any accidents or fatalities linked to Kuandinsky Bridge, but he suspects that it is because of the limited number of drivers who dare cross it.