Yexihe Railway Bridge

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Yexihe Railway Bridge
叶溪河大桥
Langpingzhen, Hubei, China
360 feet high / 110 meters high
354 foot span / 108 meter span
2010

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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.

Located within view of the giant Longtanhe highway bridge on the G50 expressway, the Yexihe Railway Bridge crosses a deep cut along the mountainous run that parallels the G50 for much of its run between Yichang and Enshi in Hubei Province.

The Yexihe bridge is most notable for the two giant oval shaped piers that drop 93.5 meters from the underside of the beam to the top of the foundation. They support a main span configuration of 70+ 108+ 70 meters. With 4 smaller approach spans of 32 meters the entire structure measures 397 meters long. The bridge was completed in 2008 but the rail line did not open for traffic until 2010.


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A view of the Yexi River valley from a train crossing the bridge.


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Yexihe Railway Bridge drawing.


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The gargantuan Longtanhe Viaduct is located just over 1 kilometer from the Yexi Railway Bridge. With spans of 200 meters and a height of 197 meters, Longtanhe is one of the world's largest concrete beam viaducts. You can see many more images at the official Longtanhe Viaduct entry. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A satellite image shows the Yexihe Railway Bridge in the lower left and the giant Longtanhe Viaduct in the center.


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

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