Hezhang Bridge

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Hezhang Bridge
赫章特大桥
Hezhang, Guizhou, China
699 feet high / 213 meters high
591 foot span / 180 meter span
2013


Located near the city of the same name in northwestern Guizhou Province, the giant Hezhang Bridge is one for the record books with a central pier 195 meters high from base to cap. Only the Millau Viaduct and Mexico's San Marcos bridge have taller piers. The gargantuan super pier supports two main spans of 180 meters with a configuration of 9×40 +96+2×180+96 +5×30 meters. A cable stayed design with a span of 322 meters was studied but passed in favor of the double beam span design.



Hezhang River Bridge Elevation



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The gap shown above is located on the south side of the city where an alternative route for the expressway was studied. The deep canyon would have been crossed with an 808 meter span suspension bridge. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A clear view of the valley just before bridge construction began.



For those who might be interested, the list below shows the World's 10 Tallest Bridges as measured from the top of the foundation to the top of the tower. All are suspension or cable stayed bridges.


1. Hutong Bridge, China 345 meters

2. Millau Viaduct, France 336 meters

3. Russky Island Bridge, Russia 320 meters

4. Sutong Bridge, China 300 meters

5. Stonecutters Bridge, China 290 meters

6. Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, Japan 287 meters

7. Chishi Viaduct, China 287 meters

8. Yi Sun-sin Bridge, South Korea 270 meters

9. Jingyue Bridge, China 265.5 meters

10. Guizhou Bridge, China 262 meters


Construction workers high above the central pier.


Image by www.gog.com.cn.




Hezhang Bridge overview.


Computer rendering of completed Hezhang Bridge.


Hezhang Bridge satellite image.


Hezhang Bridge location map.

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