Worlds Tallest Bridge opens in China

The world's highest bridge, rising more than one-third of a mile above a valley, opened in southwest China Thursday.

With a height equivalent to a 200-story building, the bridge linking two of southwest China's provinces is the highest in the world by the vertical distance from the bridge deck down to the ground or water surface beneath the bridge span.

The conclusion was made by the local transportation authority based on public data of high bridges that have been completed across the globe.

The construction of the 4400 ft. cable-stayed suspension bridge started in 2013, costing about 150-million dollars.

The construction of the main span of the bridge was completed in early September this year.






 


Now that's a HIGH-way! The 'world's highest bridge' standing 1,850 feet above a gorge opens to traffic

An enormous mountain overpass standing at a whopping 565 metres high (1,854 feet) opened to traffic today in south-west China.

The Beipanjiang Bridge, which reportedly cost 1.023 billion yuan (£120 million) to build, overtook the 560-metre-high (1,837 feet) Sidu River Bridge, also in China, to become the highest bridge in the world, according to People's Daily Online.

At 1,340 metres (4,396 feet) long, the four-lane structure links two of China most remote provinces, Yunnan and Guizhou.

Suspended over a deep gorge, the Beipanjiang Bridge is built at a height nearly twice as much as that of The Shard, a 95-storey skyscraper in London.

Engineers joined the last set of decks on September 10, marking the completion of the structure which has cost three years to build.

Named after Beipan River, the waterway it crosses, the incredible structure has a 720-metre-wide span (2,363 feet) and is a part of the Hangrui Highway, a 3,405-kilometre-long (2,115 miles) national motorway linking Hangzhou city in southern China with Ruili city on the China-Myanmar border.

The newly opened project is not to be confused with another Beipanjiang Bridge on Guanxing Highway, which stands at 363 metres high (1,200 feet) and opened in 2003.

The completion of the ambitious project means that eight of the world's 10 highest completed bridges are now located in China - almost all are situated in remote mountainous provinces, according to highestbridges.com.

Among the top ten, the other two bridges are in Papua New Guinea and Mexico, claimed the same website.

The Beipanjiang Bridge overtook the previous record holder, Sidu River Bridge, situated in central China's Hubei Province.

The vertigo-inducing Sidu River Bridge, completed in 2009, is built between two mountains over a 486-metre-deep (1,627 feet) valley - though some media claim it's 557 metres (1,830 feet) high.

Besides Beipanjiang Bridge, Chinese engineers are also building what's set to be the world's second highest bridge, Jinshajiang Bridge.

The massive traffic link stands at an impressive 512 metres high (1,680 feet) and spans across the raging Jinsha River in southen China's Yunnan Province. Ground was broken last year and the bridge is expected to be completed in 2021.

SKY IS THE LIMIT: THE WORLD'S TOP 10 HIGHEST BRIDGES (IN FEET)
  1. Beipanjiang Bridge Duge, China 1,854 feet (2016)
  2. Jinshajiang Bridge, China, 1,680 feet (2021)
  3. Sidu River Bridge, China, 1,627 feet (2009)
  4. Puli Bridge, China, 1,591 feet (2015)
  5. Yachi Bridge, China, 1,444 feet (2016)
  6. Qingshuihe Bridge, China, 1,332 feet (2016)
  7. Hegigio Gorge Pipeline Bridge, Papua New Guinea, 1,542 feet (2005)
  8. Baluarte Bridge, Mexico, 1,280 feet (2013)
  9. Balinghe Bridge, China, 1,214 feet (2009)
  10. Beipanjiang Bridge Guanxing, China, 1,200 feet (2003)




World's highest bridge opens to traffic in China

The Beipanjiang bridge in southern China has opened to traffic following three years of construction. Built above the Beipangjiang valley in Guizhou province, the bridge boasts a 1,341-metre span.

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