Tieluoping Bridge

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Tieluoping Bridge
铁罗特大桥
Langpingzhen, Hubei, China
685 feet high / 209 meters high
1,056 foot span / 322 meter span
2009


Tieluoping is the second of three consecutively tall bridges that lead up to Siduhe, the highest bridge in the world. Located about 40 miles (64 km) south of the famous 3 Gorges region of the Yangtze River in China’s mountainous Hubei Province, Tieluoping is the third highest cable stayed bridge in China and the fifth highest in the world. The bridge is just one of several amazing structures on the last 300 mile (483 km) link of the 1,350 mile (2,175 km) long G50 West Hurong expressway that now connects Shanghai on the Pacific coast with the cities of Chongqing and Chengdu in the west. Connecting Yichang and the 3 Gorges dam in the east to the city of Zhongxian in the west, this 4-lane engineering marvel is home to Siduhe, the world’s highest suspension bridge and Zhijinghe, the highest roadway arch bridge in the world. It also has more than half a dozen other bridges that exceed 500 feet (150 meters) in height including Mashuihe and Longtanhe, 2 of the world's highest beam bridge viaducts. This more direct route bypasses one of the toughest and most mountainous stretches of the Yangtze River. What once took more than a day of travel on dangerous mountain roads or a Yangtze River boat can now be safely traversed in 5 hours.

The tall, elegant columns are the most impressive aspect of Tieluoping. Extending deep into a V-shaped valley, they support a slim deck span of 1,056 feet (322 mtrs). Above the deck they form a conventional H-frame support configuration with two planes of stays. The east end terminates into a tunnel.



Tieluoping Bridge Elevation


铁罗坪大桥是前往世界第一高度四渡河大桥的连续的三座高桥的第二座。坐落在中国湖北山区的长江三峡库区南岸约40英里(64公里)处,铁罗坪大桥是中国第二高度的斜拉桥,同时也是世界第四高度的斜拉桥。该桥仅仅是众多令人惊叹的大桥之一,这些大桥坐落在1350英里(2175公里)长的沪蓉高速干线最后300英里(483公里)一段的沪蓉西高速上,而沪蓉国道线是将太平洋西岸的上海与内地的重庆和成都等城市联系起来的交通大动脉。经由三峡库区,从东部的宜昌开始直到西部的忠县,这条4车道的工程师们造就的奇迹之路,是两座世界级高桥的“家”—— 桥面行车道在谷底河面之上473米的世界第一高度的四渡河大桥以及行车道高度位于世界第一的拱桥支井河大桥。这条奇迹之路上还有着6座高度超过150米的大桥,其中就有世界最高的梁式结构的高架桥梁——马水河大桥和龙潭河大桥,两座位居世界最高的高架桥之列的大桥。这条更为直接的路线将与原先一条极为艰险、崎岖的长江流域的山区的一条公路线相并行,而原先需要一天的山区危险的车程或者长江上的航行,现在都能在5个小时之内实现。

高却优美的墩柱是铁罗坪大桥最引人注目的一点。深深“植根”在V型峡谷之中,它们支撑起跨度大322米的很轻薄的桥面板体系。在桥面之上,它们形成了一个普通的H型框架,用来支撑双索面的斜拉索体系。该桥的东部与一座隧道相紧连。


A 2008 construction view. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Tieluoping Bridge in 2011. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


Tieluoping Bridge in 2008. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com



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Within a stretch of just 8 miles (13 kms), the West Hurong highway crosses 4 bridges that are nearly 200 meters or higher. Between these deep valleys there are several other viaducts and tunnels including the nearly 4 kilometer Siduhe tunnel.


The towers were more than half complete by late 2006. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A view of the completed deck in 2011. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


The deck is nearly closed in September of 2008. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The Yi-Wan railway in 2008 under construction between Yichang and Wanzhou along the general path of the highway. This line has more high bridges then any other railway on earth. The Longtanhe River railway bridge is in the upper left, rising about 115 meters above the water. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


A passenger train heads east in 2011. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


Foliage begins to grow along the abandoned construction roads. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A couple of Russians enjoy a BASE jump from the bridge in late 2012.


A temporary cover was put over the local road to protect people from any falling debris during construction. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Tieluoping Bridge satellite image.


A satellite view of the high bridges from Shuinan and Siduhe Bridges on the left side to Shuanghekou then Tieluoping and finally Longtanhe Viaduct on the right. There is no other section of highway in the world to have so many high bridges in such a short stretch. Click in for a closer look.

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