Beipanjiang River 2012 Bridge

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Beipanjiang River 2013 Bridge
北盘江特大桥
Fa’er Bouyei, Guizhou, China
850 feet high / 250 meters high
951 foot span / 290 meter span
2013


Just upstream of the famous Beipanjiang Railway bridge is the monstrous new G56 crossing with an unprecedented span configuration of 220, 290 and 220 meters. The central span of 290 meters is one of the 10 longest concrete beam spans on earth and the first to be built with an unusual "open window" design that makes the beams look less bulky and more arch-like.

The west pier is one of the 10 tallest on earth with a foundation to beam height of 176 meters.

No other river on earth outside China has more than one high bridge over it - the Beipanjiang now has 5 with 2 more to be completed by 2015! The word Beipanjiang (pronounced Bay-Pan-Gee-Ang) translates into North Winding River with the word “bei” meaning north and “pan” meaning winding. Cutting a huge swath from the northwest end of Guizhou Province to the southwest where it becomes the Hongshui he river at the border of Guangxi Province, the Beipanjiang River traverses through some of China’s most spectacular mountain gorges. When China began to expand its road and railway system in the 1990s, the river became the biggest obstacle between the giant cities of Guiyang and Kunming.



Beipanjiang 2012 Bridge Elevation



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A diagram of tendons within the unusual openings of the 290 meter main span.


Wind tunnel testing on the tallest pier and half the span.


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A sign showing the rough 8 kilometer drive to the east side of the bridge construction. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com

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