The Tokyo Gate Bridge (東京ゲートブリッジ Tōkyō gēto burijji?) is a truss bridge under construction across the Tokyo Bay in Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan
Reporters got a sneak preview on Jan. 24 of the panoramic view of Tokyo’s central areas offered from a distinctive bridge in Tokyo Bay, scheduled to open to traffic and pedestrians on Feb. 12.
They could see Tokyo Sky Tree and Tokyo Tower in the distance, along with skyscrapers in the coastal area, from a sidewalk on Tokyo Gate Bridge.
The bridge, which links Wakasu district in Koto Ward with the central breakwater, features a unique shape, which resembles two dinosaurs facing each other.
Located at a height of 87.8 meters, it is 2,618 meters long, of which 1,618 meters are above the sea. It is longer than the 798-meter Rainbow Bridge, also in Tokyo Bay, the 860-meter Yokohama Bay Bridge and the 1,020-meter Tsurumi Tsubasa Bridge, also in Yokohama.
Tokyo Gate Bridge has four lanes, and a walkway is set up on the northern side of the bridge. From there, pedestrians can see ships sailing below them, and high-rise buildings in the Odaiba and Toyosu districts in the coastal area. As the bridge is a general road, passing over it by car or on foot is free of charge.
Pedestrians will be required to use elevators in the Wakasu district to reach the sidewalk. For the time being, the walkway will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On weekends in the summer, however, the hours will be extended to 8 p.m., allowing night views of the capital.
The bridge's unique design was necessary because of restrictions. As the bridge is located above a sea lane in Tokyo Port, a certain height became necessary because of the passage of larges ships below. In addition, the height must be less than 98 meters because of takeoffs and landings at nearby Haneda Airport.
The opening of Tokyo Gate Bridge to traffic will make it possible to drive the entire 8-km Tokyoko Rinkai Doro (Tokyo Port seafront road), which includes the bridge and links Koto Ward’s Wakasu district with Jonanjima, an artificial island in Ota Ward.
The road is expected to serve as a bypass for Tokyo Wangan Doro (Tokyo Bay coast road), a main transportation artery, which is often jammed with vehicles.