China constructs world’s highest bridge, trains and cars can travel simultaneously

The Hush Post | 6:43 pm | One-minute read |

In yet another engineering marvel, China has constructed the world’s highest bridge. Authorities opened the bridge for general public on Monday. Vehicles and trains both traverse through this double-decker bridge simultaneously.

This amazingly high bridge has been named Pingtang Bridge. It has a maximum height of 332 meters or 1090 feet. It has been constructed in Pingtang, Guizhou, China and carries the Pingtang Luodian Expressway over the deep Caodu River valley.

The bridge is a multi-span cable-stayed bridge with a length of 7,000 ft (2,100 m). Its main tower has a height of 332 metres.  The bridge cost 1.5 billion yuan (about 215 million U.S. dollars) to build.

A high-speed train between Luodian and Pingtang will travel across this bridge. The bridge has reduced the travel time between Pingtang and Luodian to a mere hour. Earlier, it took around 2.5 hours to cover the distance.

Notably, Guizhou province of China is known for its high bridges. Being a mountainous area, this province has over 20 thousand bridges. Interestingly, out of the world’s top 100 bridges, 46 alone are in Guizhou province, earning it the sobriquet of ‘Museum of Bridges’.

 

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