Is This Incredibly Steep Bridge Real?

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A video of this exceptionally steep bridge has gotten the interest of the internet world. Online posts claim the bridge is real and that the video hasn’t been edited. What do you think?

The answer is, yes, the bridge is real. However, it’s not QUITE as steep as the photos and videos make it look.

The bridge in question is the Eshima Ohashi Bridge in Japan which connects two cities separated by a lake. So in order to allow ships to pass underneath it, the bridge was designed to be tall. Just not as tall as it appears.

There is a 6.1% gradient on one side of the bridge and a 5.1% gradient on the other side.

For those of you who can’t make the comparison, the world’s officially steepest street has a gradient of 37.45 percent.

If you head to Google Maps and type in the Eshima Ohashi Bridge you get a bit of a different view.

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People who have driven the bridge have confirmed that while it’s an impressive climb, it’s not as accurate as the video shows. So how was the video filmed? By using a wide-angle camera lens, which ends up compressing the depth of the photo.