Malinghe Bridge Three

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Malinghe Bridge Three
马岭河3号大桥
Xingyi, Guizhou, China
(771) feet high / (235) meters high
1,476 foot span / 450 meter span
2019

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Malinghe Bridge Three is set to break several records among high bridges when it is completed around 2019. The 490 meter span suspension bridge will become the widest high level bridge in the world with 8 lanes of traffic spread across a truss stiffened deck 36.3 meters wide. Ironically this width record will probably be surpassed less then a year later by the nearby Malinghe Zhaozhuang arch bridge that will have a 40 meter wide deck. The 235 meter high Malinghe Three crossing will also become the world's highest double decker bridge with 2 metro rail lines running along the lower level of the 11 meter deep truss. The current record holder is the 152 meter high Pit River Bridge in California.

The final bridge record of the Malinghe Three span will be as the world's highest metro line bridge, a title currently held by the the Caijia Jialing River cable stayed monorail metro line bridge in Chongqing City. This metro line height record will also be surpassed by the Malinghe Zhaozhuang arch bridge. The older Malinghe Arch Bridge is 143 meters high and has walkways that offer great views of the Malinghe Three Bridge as well as the many waterfalls within the canyon.

The Maling River gorge is slowly building an arsenal of high bridges that will eventually give the region a greater concentration of high level bridges then any other single location in the world. Future spans include potentially higher and larger bridges downstream of Malinghe Number 3 that will include the Malinghe Zhaozhuang Bridge (Malinghe Number 4) and another possible road and rail combination currently dubbed Malinghe Bridge Number 5.


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Malinghe Three Bridge East Tower.


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Malinghe Three Bridge West Tower.


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A 2015 view of the east tower foundation construction. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Construction had not yet began on the relocated west tower foundation in this late 2015 view. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A cross section of the 36.3 meter wide Malinghe Three Bridge.


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The amazing waterfalls of the Maling River gorge were at full volume in this view. Image by John Filmer.


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The 73 meter high cliff elevator that brings tourists out of the gorge. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by John Filmer.


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Elly Filmer.


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by John Filmer.


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Image by Jorson.


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Unknown.


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by John Filmer.


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Railing damage in 2012.


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A tunnel leads from the parking area to the edge of the gorge and canyon trail. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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There are 3 suspension bridges that cross the river and allow easy access to trails on both sides of the canyon. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A classic stone arch footbridge that has seen better days. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The second suspension bridge crosses over to an "island" in the middle of the river channel. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The third suspension bridge that connects the mid-river island to the east side. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A view from the top of the west cliff clearly shows the third suspension bridge and the ribbon fall next to it. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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There is a Touyist Yeception Centye to help English speaking foreigners!


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Malinghe Gorge tourist map showing the hiking paths within the canyon.


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Maling Gorge Arch Bridge satellite image.


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A map of the many high waterfalls that plunge into the Malinghe River Gorge.

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