I have previously published a number of articles which discuss/identify the World’s tallest buildings both currently and by 2020. You can take a look at these articles by following these links: (Link 1) (Link 2). The ingenuity and vision necessary to make these tall buildings a reality is only possible by overcoming many obstacles and moving the boundaries of construction and engineering to unimaginable levels. In addition to buildings, we can also marvel at the vast amount of bridges around the World, which may not soar into the clouds like some of the buildings we see today, however require equally challenging engineering solutions and ingenuity to make them a reality. In view of this I thought it would be worthwhile taking a look at the World’s 10 highest bridges in pictures.
In order to clarify, the list below relates to the highest bridges in the World (not the tallest), which (for the highest bridges) is a measure of the vertical distance from the bridge deck to ground or water surface below the span of the bridge deck. Tallness is a measurement of structural height from the highest point at the very top of a bridge, down to lowest point of a bridge where its supports (piers), emerge from the ground or water.
Amazingly eight out of the top ten highest bridges below can be found in China of which five of these are in Guizhou!
Sidu River Bridge - Badong County, Hubei – China - 496 Metres - 1627 Feet – Road Bridge - Completed 2009
Hegigio Gorge Pipeline Bridge - Otoma – Papua New Guinea - 393 Metres - 1289 Feet – Petroleum Bridge - Completed 2005
Baluarte Bridge - Pueblo Nuevo – Mexico - 390 Metres - 1280 Feet – Road Bridge -Completed 2012 – World’s highest cable stayed bridge
Baling River Bridge – Guizhou – China - 370 Metres - 1210 Feet – Road Bridge - Completed 2009
Beipanjiang River Bridge – Guizhou – China - 366 Metres - 1201 Feet – Road Bridge - Completed 2003
Aizhai Bridge – Hunan – China – 350 Metres - 1150 Feet – Road Bridge - Completed 2012
Liuchonghe Bridge – Guizhou – China - 336 Metres - 1102 Feet – Road Bridge - Completed 2013
Beipanjiang River Bridge – Guizhou – China - 318 Metres - 1043 Feet – Road Bridge - Completed 2009
Liuguanghe Bridge – Guizhou – China - 297 Metres - 974 Feet – Road Bridge - Completed 2001
Zhijinghe River Bridge – Hubei – China - 294 Metres - 965 Feet – Road Bridge - Completed 2009
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