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World's Highest Bridge

Netlore Archive: Emailed photo of the world's highest bridge, the Millau Viaduct in southern France.

Description: Viral image
Circulating since: Sep. 2005
Status: Authentic

Email contributed by C. Puhlman, Oct. 1, 2005:

Subject: Cool Bridge - WOW!

Open to FULL SCREEN.......... You won't believe your eyes!!! What engineering!!

Emailed photo of the world's highest bridge, the Millau Viaduct in southern France
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There was a really good documentary on the construction of this on Discovery or TLC a month or so ago. It's located in southern France, and is the highest bridge in the world. See: http://bridgepros.com/projects/Millau_Viaduct/ for details of location and construction. It is a truly amazing piece of engineering, especially considering the method used to span the distance between the piers. BTW the red towers you see in the photo were removed following completion of the bridge.

Be sure to maximize your screen for this.

They haven't printed enough money to pay me to drive across this bridge!!

Analysis: True. What you see in the composite image above is a panoramic view of the Millau Viaduct (Viaduc de Millau), a cable-stayed bridge spanning the Tarn River in southern France. Standing 1,118 feet high at its loftiest point, it is indeed the tallest bridge in the world.

Shown above while still under construction, the Millau Bridge was completed ahead of schedule and officially opened to traffic in December 2004.

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Sources and further reading:

France Shows Off Tallest Bridge
BBC News, 14 December 2004

Millau Viaduct - France - Cable-Stayed Bridge
Info on Millau Bridge construction from Bridgepros.com

Millau Bridge
Description and images from Foster and Parners, architects

Last updated: 11/02/11

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