Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, Louisiana
Stretching almost 24 miles over Lake Pontchartrain in southern Louisiana, this is the longest continuous bridge over water in the world. It stretches far into the distance, much further than the human eye can see. To drive across, without the end in sight, can be an unnerving experience.
Linking the suburbs of New Orleans in the south with Mandeville and the state’s northern reaches, this direct route — which runs as straight as an arrow, across the lake’s imposing centre — can save considerable travel time.
Yet it isn’t for all, and there are still some who would rather go around than across, with the thought of travelling so far over the water often too much to bear. Drivers have been known to get the fear halfway across, requiring a police escort to complete their journey, whilst several babies have been born on the bridge, their mothers having failed to make it to the hospital on the other side in time. Not to be taken lightly.