The unique bridges presented in the review have gone down in world engineering history for their bold decisions. They differ in their great length and in the height of the supports on which the gigantic structure rests. Almost all the bridges that deserve close attention did build in the new century; the builders used modern construction technologies. Durable, promising materials are using—introducing the ten tallest bridges in the world that are amazing even now.
10. Jiujiang Yangtze River Expressway Bridge, China (244.3 m)
Jiujiang Flying. The Chinese ferroconcrete’s height crossing over the deep Yangtze River from a distance seems thin, airy. The load on the 244-meter supports is enormous. The bridge is designing for 6-lane vehicle traffic; along the railings, there are vast areas for cyclists, rickshaws, and pedestrians.
The grand opening of the one and a half kilometer cable-stayed bridge took place at the end of October 2013. At this time, the structure was considered one of the tallest structures in the world. Supporting slabs over 800 m long on both sides are supported by numerous steel strings with elastic cores. From a distance, cable-stayed supports resemble tuning forks evenly standing in the water.
9. Zhongzhou Yangtze River Bridge, China (247.5 m)
Zhongxian Huyu – Yangtze. This cable-stayed structure is slightly higher than Jiujiang Flying. The highway opened in 2009 in Chong Chongqing County, where the substantial Chinese Three Gorges Canyon locates. The bridge piers were initially flooded, the bridge was not among the leaders in height. But after the construction of the dam, the level of the river decreased significantly.
The height from the water level to the tip of the support is 247 meters. A network of different-sized guys supports Half-kilometer gaps. It is noteworthy that the constructors used molybdenum grease to weave the bridge ropes. The total length of the crossing is more than two kilometers. The construction of the road bridge lasted about five years.
8. Great Belt Fixed Link, Denmark (254 m)
The Great Belt is built over the same name’s strait, connecting two Danish islands: Zeeland and Funen, this transport artery between Copenhagen and Odense. From the perspective of architecture, it is unique: it does not look like other cable-stayed infrastructure highways. The ends of the bridge structure reinforce with reinforced concrete beams. High-rise supports are located only in the eastern sector of the bridge. In terms of length, the crossing occupies the third line of the rating, in terms of the height of the supports, it is ahead of two Chinese bridges. They rise to 254 meters.
The Big Belt was launched in 1998, but it took more than a year to improve the design.
The transport load of the highway is about 27 thousand vehicles. Also, railway transport runs along the southern part of the structure, fixed on low supports.
7. Jingui Bridge, China (265 m)
Jingui entered the rating of the tallest bridges in the world thanks to two central cable-stayed supports; they soared 265 meters into the sky. The crossing connects the two Chinese provinces of Yueyang, Hubei, located on two opposite banks of the large Yangtze River. The road bridge was opened in 2010; construction lasted almost seven years.
There are six lanes for traffic; a wide pedestrian zone occupies ¼ of the width of the bridge. Most of the arcuate bridge locate above shallow water. Passenger and cargo ships run under the central half-kilometer span.
6. Li Sungxing bridge, South Korea (270 m)
The Li Sungxing Viaduct is located in the Republic of South Korea and named after the famous general who distinguished himself more than once in the country’s independence battles. The height of the cable-stayed supports is 270 meters. South Korea opened the movement in 1012; this Li Sungxing was under construction for more than five years. The length of the transport highway is 2 kilometers. The width of the bridge is 27 meters.
The world-famous Yooshinо corporation carried out the structure’s design; the construction carries out by the bridge-building company Daelim Industrial. The bridge became the harbor’s decoration, and at night, thousands of lights come on on it. Thanks to the transport highway, the Yeosu and Gwangyang shopping centers’ road has been significantly reduced. It is now possible to get from one corner of Korea to another in a few minutes.
5. Stonecutters bridge, Hong Kong (298 m)
Stonecutters bridge locates above Rambler Strait. It connects Hong Kong’s largest airport Chek Lap Kok (Lantai Island), to the center of a small Asian country. The height of the cable-stayed structure is 298 meters. The viaduct is a little over one and a half kilometers long. The Car Flood Highway is named as Hong Kong’s most populous island – Stonecutters. The cargo and passenger flow does not dry out around the clock.
In the year of opening, in 2009, the cable-stayed 600-meter span of the bridge was considered the second-longest in the world. The bridge platform’s distance to the water surface is more than 70 meters; large passenger ships pass under the bridge.
4. Akashi Kaikyo bridge, Japan (298.3 m)
The height of the cable-stayed supports of the Akashi-Kaikyo viaduct is 282 meters and is over the Strait of Japan from Akashi. An overhead highway connects the country’s two major industrial centers: Kobe and Awaji. The bridge structure is designed to withstand heavy storm loads, even in strong winds, the road is open on the highway. The bridge is about four kilometers long.
The Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge is still toll-free.
The constructors decided to build in the 80s of the twentieth century after a ferry crash and mass deaths. They realized the idea only in 1998. The cable-stayed bridge connecting the islands of Honshu and Shikoku has become the largest bridge in Asia.
3. Sutong Bridge, China (306 m)
The Sutong Road Combined Bridge connects two major Chinese industrial and commercial centers, Nantong and Changshu. The length of the arched highway is more than eight kilometers. The cable-stayed span supports’ height is 306 meters; they occupy the third position in the world “growth” rating.
The viaduct is built in the Yangtze River Delta, the first syllable of the name is taken from “Suzhou”, the last from “Nantong”, these are two provinces located on opposite banks of the river. Under a long cable-stayed span (it is longer than a kilometer), the river shipping company’s powerful vessels ply. The highway has been operating since 2008.
2. Russian bridge, Russia (320.9 m)
The only Russian bridge, included in the highest rating in the world, was in the second position. The height of the supports is almost 321 meters. Russian bridge is a cable-stayed structure located in the Far East. A unique highway hangs over the Eastern Bosphorus Strait; it provides traffic from the Nazimov Peninsula; this is Vladivostok’s beach area, with the densely populated Novosilsky Cape. The bridge was replaced by a ferry that runs only under the right weather conditions.
The construction of the bridge took about four years.
The longest cable-stayed span is over a kilometer. Freight and passenger ships pass freely under it. The total length of the highway is more than three kilometers.
1. Millau Viaduct, France (343 m)
The French built the Millau suspension bridge in 2004. Nobody surpassed them in the height of the bridge supports. They are taller than the famous Eiffel Tower as the viaduct stretches over the Tarn River south of France. The highway connects Paris with the small shopping center Beziers.
Consists of seven cable-stayed spans, it is considered not only the highest bridge in the world but also the most graceful. It seems to float in the air when thick fog hides the smooth surface of the water. The Millau bridge was conceived as a pedestrian and bicycle, but later they made markings on it and began to use it for car traffic. The length of the bridge is short, only 2.5 kilometers.
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