Building a suspension bridge is expensive and takes time. Here's a look at how the Bay Bridge compares with other suspension bridges across the world in 2013 adjusted U.S. dollars and construction time:

  • Bay Bridge (eastern replacement span): Oakland, 2.2 miles, expected to open late 2013, $6.4 billion, 11 years and counting.

  • Great Belt East Bridge: Denmark, 4.2 miles, opened 1998, $4.4 billion, 10 years.

  • Verrazano-Narrows Bridge: New York, 2.6 miles, opened in 1964, $2.4 billion, five years and seven months.

  • Yeongjong Grand Bridge: South Korea, 2.7 miles, opened in 2000, $1.9 billion, five years.

  • Tsing Ma Bridge: China, 1.34 miles, opened 1997, $1.35 billion, five years.

  • Bay Bridge (original): Oakland-San Francisco, 8.25 miles, opened in 1936, $1.3 billion, three years and seven months.

  • George Washington Bridge: New York, 0.9 miles, opened 1931, $1.1 billion, four years.

  • Cooper River Bridge: South Carolina, 2.5 miles, opened in 2005, $836.9 million, four years and six months.

  • Tacoma Narrows Bridge: Washington, 1 mile, opened 2007, $827.7 million, five years.

  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge (westbound): Maryland, 4.3 miles, opened in 1973, $778.3 million, four years and six months.


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  • Mackinac Bridge: Michigan, 5 miles, opened 1957, $583.9 million, four years.

  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge: Florida, 4 miles, opened in 1987, $501.5 million, five years.

  • Carquinez Bridge (eastbound): Vallejo-Crockett, 0.7 mile, opened in 2003, $465.9 million, four years.

  • Golden Gate Bridge: San Francisco, 1.7 miles, opened in 1937, $439.8 million, four years and four months.

    And, although not a suspension span:

  • Benicia Bridge (northbound): Benicia-Martinez, 1.7 miles, opened 2007, $1.4 billion, seven years.

    Sources: http://usinflationcalculator.com; Caltrans; PBS "Building Big"; Bay Area Toll Authority; Wikipedia; Structurae: International Database; news research; Engineering News-Record; and state departments of transportation in New, Florida, Washington, South Carolina and Maryland