If we didn’t have roads our lives would certainly be a lot more difficult. Smooth paved highways, gentle curves and gradual grades, and other things that make driving virtually painless, at least in most of the world. Then you have these crazy stretches of roads, reminding us more of a roller coaster ride than highways. Some of these roads and bridges are just plain ridiculous and it’s maddening to imagine people drive on them.
Eshima Ohashi Bridge – Japan
Bridges are meant to rise up slightly at an angle that is unnoticeable to the driver but allows for clearance of what lies below. We prefer our bridges relatively straight with a minimal of twists and a low grade. But spanning lake Nakaumi, the Eshima Ohashi Bridge has a 6.1% grade to give it enough room for shipping clearance below. The added turns and twists are seemingly just there to make the ride more like a roller coaster.
Trollstigen – Norway
Literally meaning the Trolls Path, this little winding roadway in Norway has all the thrills and chills of an amusement park ride. It’s situated in the very picturesque mountains, but don’t take your eyes off the road. There are 11 hairpin turns and a 10% incline, narrow passes, rock falls, and inclement weather all there to make this one hell of a ride.