Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The World’s Highest Bridge

The Millau Viaduct is a cable-stayed road-bridge that spans the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southern France. Designed by architect Norman Foster, in collaboration with French bridge engineer Michel Virlogeux, it is the tallest vehicular bridge in the world, with one pier's summit at 343 metres (1,125 ft)—slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower and only 38 m (125 ft) shorter than the Empire State Building. It was formally dedicated on 14 December 2004 and opened to traffic two days later.

2,460 m: total length of the roadway
7: number of piers
77 m: height of Pier 7, the shortest
343 m: height of Pier 2, the tallest (245 m at the roadway's level)
87 m: height of a pylon
154: number of shrouds
270 m: average height of the roadway
4.20 m: thickness of the roadway
32.05 m: width of the roadway
85,000 m³: total volume of concrete used
290,000 tonnes: total weight of the bridge
10,000–25,000 vehicles: estimated daily traffic
€4.90–6.50: typical automobile toll, as of 2005
20 km: horizontal radius of curvature of the road deck
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astro said...

I that your enzo? ... and did you park it there while you got out to take these pictures. ...or did someone else take the pictures?

Nathan said...

That's a porsche you dumbass

Roshay said...

no, it's not an Enzo...I hate you. No, it's definitely not a Porsche...I hate you even more. It's a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, and who the hell cares.

J said...

Nathan said...That's a porsche you dumbass

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Lisa aka "star8278" said...

Ok, I want to know..

A. how do they keep suicidal freaks from plummeting from the bridge?

B. how many construction workers died while on the job building it?

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Anonymous said...

Are the windows on the car fogged-up? Is that where the French perverts hang out?

Anonymous said...

What an incredible engineering feat! A perfect integration of nature and man. Yet only one other comment, thus far, can praise the accomplishment?

Anonymous said...

What a stupid bridge. If I was a bridge I would kill myself.

Anonymous said...

I think it's the world tallest - not highest? The highest I believe is in India - no?