Photographer's Note

Ölandsbron [the Oland Bridge] across Kalmarsund [Strait of Kalmar] was from the inauguration in September 1972 and until 1998 the longest bridge in Europe.

The bridge connects the island Öland in the Baltic Sea to the Swedish mainland in 6072 meters (3.77 miles) supported by 153 pillars. And it has a characteristic "hump" at its western end – created to provide a vertical clearance of 36 m for shipping.

The roadway width of 13 meters (43 feet) presently allows for two lanes in each direction, but on a number of previous occasions pedestrians and also cyclists were allowed. Today these are directed to bus shuttles (in Summer), giving rise to a peculiar sign combination [see WS].

In 2007 almost 6 million crossings were made on this bridge. Which is almost the same amount of vehicles that crossed between Sweden and Denmark on the Oresund Bridge [Øresundsbron].

Then, consider, this is just a giant cul-de-sac!

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