Makou Railway Bridge

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Makou Railway Bridge
Majiacao, Hubei, China
(394) feet high / (120) meters high
328 foot span / 100 meter span


The amazing Yi-wan Railway opened in 2010 as the most difficult train line project ever undertaken in China. The Yichang to Enshi section of the railway bypasses the 3 Gorges stretch of the Yangtze River with a seemingly endless succession of tunnels and bridges. It is rare for any rail line in the world to have a single bridge over 280 feet (85 meters) high - the Yiwan Railway line has fifteen that exceed that height threshold!.

With more than 70 percent of the route either in a tunnel or on a bridge, the complex geology of the terrain forced the engineers to overcome landslides, falling rocks and steep terrain.

The 15 highest bridges include Wanzhou Yangtze, Shuangliu, Sibuhe, Yeyabang, Zhoubadeng, Dukouhe, Yaojiawan, Makou, Mashuihe, Longwangmiao, Yesanhe, Yexihe, Zhaojialing, Shizikou and Luobuxi Bridges.

The 570 meter long Makou Railway Bridge is comprised of an odd back-to-back span configuration with a cantilevered 85+85 meter T-beam on the east side transitioning into a more conventional double beam on the west side with a 60+2×100+60 span arrangement. The tallest pier measures 108.5 meters.



Makou Railway Bridge satellite image.



Makou Railway Bridge location map.



The 15 highest bridges along the Yi-Wan Railway line between Yichang and Wanzhou cities.