Hongshuihezhen, Guizhou, China
(509) feet high / (155) meters high
787 foot span / 240 meter span
With a central span of 240 meters, the Luotianle beam bridge is as big as they come. Located across the deep waters of the Hongshuihe River reservoir, the bridge was constructed with a segmented cofferdam to allow the pier segments to rise in a dry zone. With half the bridge submerged under the large lake created by the 2008-completed Longtan dam, it is difficult to see the true height of the giant piers that are as tall as 132 meters. The total structure is 763 meters long.
The giant Longtan Dam. The bridge in the background is over the Buliuhe river and is not the Luotianle Bridge which is located many kilometers upstream from the dam. The Buliuhe Bridge has a main span of 235 meters and is the highest beam bridge in Guanxi Province at 190 meters.
The Longtan Dam with the Hongshuihe River in the background.
Luotianle Bridge early construction satellite image before the reservoir began to fill up.
A satellite view of the completed bridge across a full reservoir.
Longtan Dam satellite image showing the Buliuhe River to the left and the Hongshui River north and to the right.
Luotianle Bridge location map.