(ORDO NEWS) — If someone asked you to imagine a particularly impressive bridge, you would probably imagine a very long bridge.
Perhaps the Danyang-Kunshan Chinese Great Bridge, which is 164 km long, is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest bridge in the world. Or the 38.4 km bridge over Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana, which earned Guinness recognition as “the longest bridge over water (continuous)”.
The Millau Viaduct is breathtaking in itself, but it also facilitates traffic.
But bridges can also be famous for their height. Take, for example, the French Millau Viaduct, which takes drivers across the Tarn River to Kreissel, a commune in southern France about an hour and a half northeast of Montpellier.
This cable-stayed bridge stretches for 2460 meters – well, it’s not quite a record. But its height, on the other hand, is a record. The bridge itself is 270 meters above the ground, and its highest support reaches 340 meters.
The Eiffel Tower, for example, is over 300 meters high, including antennas, making the Millau Viaduct the tallest structure in France. It is also the highest bridge in the world.
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The Millau Viaduct, part of the French A75 motorway, helps travelers arriving from Paris to reach the Mediterranean coast as quickly as possible.
It was designed by the French engineer Michel Virloge and the British architectural firm Foster + Partners, who won the 1996 competition to design the bridge. They laid the groundwork in 2001 and the Millau Viaduct officially opened in December 2004.
“We were drawn to the elegance and logic of the structure, which would cut through the landscape and connect one plateau to another in the most minimal way,” lead architect Norman Foster said in a press release at the time.
The superyacht of the American billionaire could not pass under the historic bridge in the Netherlands. Therefore, the bridge was dismantled !
The team’s effort to preserve the aesthetic beauty of the countryside has proved successful: the Millau Viaduct is breathtaking in itself, but also facilitates traffic. A real win-win!
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