World’s high­est bridge nears com­ple­tion in China

The Myanmar Times - - World -

CHI­NESE engi­neers have com­pleted the struc­ture of what is ex­pected to be­come the world’s high­est bridge, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties said.

The Beipan­jiang Bridge, in moun­tain­ous south­west­ern China, soars 565 me­tres (1854 feet) above a river, the Guizhou pro­vin­cial trans­port depart­ment said.

As such it over­takes the Si Du River Bridge in the cen­tral prov­ince of Hubei to be­come the world’s high­est bridge, said the state­ment posted on Septem­ber 11.

The two ends of the bridge were linked on Septem­ber 10, it added.

The 1341-me­tre span is ex­pected to open to traf­fic at the end of this year and will cut road trips from Li­u­pan­shui in Guizhou to Xuan­wei in neigh­bour­ing Yun­nan prov­ince from around five hours to less than two, state broad­caster China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion re­ported yes­ter­day.

Sev­eral of the world’s high­est bridges are in China, al­though the world’s tallest bridge – mea­sured in terms of the height of its own struc­ture, rather than the dis­tance to the ground – re­mains France’s Mil­lau viaduct at 343 me­tres tall. –

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