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18/03/2008

Viaduc de Millau


This photo shows the Millau Viaduc, a large cable-stayed road-bridge that spans the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southern France. Designed by Norman Foster, and bridge engineer Michel Virlogeux, it is the tallest vehicular bridge in the world, with one mast's summit at 343 metres — slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower and only 38 m shorter than the Empire State Building. The bridge’s construction broke three world records:
1. The highest pylons in the world: pylons P2 and P3, 244.96 and 221.05 metres in height respectively, broke the French record previously held by the Tulle and Verrières Viaducts (141 m), and the world record previously held by the Kochertal Viaduct (Germany), which is 181 metres at its highest;
2. The highest mast in the world: the mast atop pylon P2 peaks at 343 m
3. The highest road bridge deck in the world, 270 m above the tarn River at its highest point. It is nearly twice as tall as the previous tallest vehicular bridge in Europe, the Europabrücke in Austria. It is slightly higher than the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia, USA, which is 267 m above the New river. Only the bridge deck of the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado, USA (mainly a pedestrian bridge over the Arkansas River, occasionally also used by motor vehicles) is higher with 321 m, and is considered the highest bridge in the world.
If you want to know more or see other pictures taken from the bottom, you can visit Viaduc de Millau Wikipedia page.

1 comment:

Jim (365,000 words) said...

Really nice. I think the gray sky actually works better with this than a blue sky would have--it helps emphasize the gray and silver of the bridge. Very good capture.