Bridges are fascinating structures. They can connect land separated by water or any other natural element, and are also strong enough to carry vehicles. But have you ever wondered which is the highest bridge in the world?
Let's take a look at top 10 highest bridges in the world, along with their height, location, and country. The bridges are calculated at their highest deck height, which is the maximum vertical drop distance from the bridge deck down to the ground or water surface beneath the bridge span.
Note: Bridges under construction are not included
10. Beipan River Hukun Expressway Bridge
Height: 318 meters
The Beipan Hukun Expressway Bridge was built back in 2009 and is a suspension bridge that is located on the border of Guizhou, China. The bridge spans for 636 metres and is part of the G60 Shanghai-Kunming Expressway
9. Lishui River Bridge
Height: 330 meters
Taking the ninth place is the Lishui River Bridge, located in China again. The bridge was constructed in 2013 and is a suspension bridge again. Spanning a distance of 856 meters, the Lishui River Bridge connects the Yongding District and the Yongshun County, and has also reduced the travel time by half.
8. Aizhai Bridge
Height: 336 meters
In the eighth place is the Aizhai Bridge, that connects Chongqing Municipality to Changsha. The Aizhai Bridge is not only the eighth highest bridge in the world, but also the world's highest and longest tunnel-to-tunnel bridge.
7. Liuchong River Bridge
Height: 340 meters
Taking the seventh place is yet another bridge from China, the Liuchong River Bridge. The cable stayed bridge was built in the year 2013 and crosses the Liuchong River gorge. The bridge spans 438 meters in length.
6. Beipan River Guanxing Highway Bridge
Height: 366 meters
The sixth highest bridge in the world is from China again. The Beipan River Guanxing Highway Bridge was the world's highest bridge back in 2003 when it was constructed.
5. Baling River Bridge
Height: 370 meters
It's China again in the fifth place with the Baling River Bridge. The bridge is part of the G60 Shanghai-Kunming Expressway between Kunming and Guiyang, which has reduced the travel time between the two places from one hour to just four minutes. The bridge spans 1,088 meters and was constructed in the year 2009.
4. Baluarte Bridge
Height: 390 meters
In the fourth place is the Baluarte Bridge in Mexico. The 520 meter long Baluarte Bridge is the highest cable-stayed bridge in the world, and also the highest bridge in the Americas. The bridge was opened in 2012 and is located between Concordia in Sinaloa and Pueblo Nuevoin Durango, along the Durango-Mazatlán highway.
3. Qingshui River Bridge
Height: 406 meters
The third highest bridge is from China again, the Qingshui River Bridge. The bridge spans 1,130 meters long and is part of the Guiweng Expressway. The bridge cost 158 million pounds and has shortened the travel between Weng'an County and Guiyang from 100 miles to only 23 miles.
2. Puli Bridge
Height: 485 meters
Number two is China again. The Puli Bridge forms part of the G56 Hangzhou-Ruili Expressway between Liupanshui and Xuanwei. Operational since 2015, the main span of the bridge is 628 meters and crosses a small stream beside the Gexiang River gorge.
1. Sidu River Bridge
Height: 496 meters
The world's highest bridge award goes to the Sidu River Bridge in China. The 900 meter long suspension bridge was open to traffic in 2009. The bridge is part of the new G50 Huyu Expressway and the main suspension cables are made of 127 parallel wire strands bundled into a hexagonal shape. The pilot cable, or the first part of the suspension cable of the bridge were placed using a rocket, to save cost and time.
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