Millau Bridge, Tarn Valley - Tallest Bridge

Monday, September 21, 2009

Millau Bridge: It is an enormous cable-staye road-bridge that spans the valley of the river Tarn near Millau in southern France. 
Towering 1,125ft above the Tarn Valley in southern France, driving along the Millau Bridge, the largest cable-stayed vehicular bridge in the world, is said to feel like flying. This Foster + Partners marvel is slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower, took three years to build and opened to the public in 2004. While it may provide picturesque views of the valley below, once the mist descends it is not a route for the faint hearted! The Millau Bridge has a total length of 8,071ft with the longest single span at 1,122ft and a maximum clearance below of 886ft; in short the bridge is massively impressive both on paper and in real life. The deck is lofted on 7 pylons and weighs 36,000 tonnes. A series of 7 masts, each 292ft tall and weighing 700 tonnes, are attached to the corresponding pylons.

Official name
Le Viaduc de Millau
4 lanes of the A75 autoroute
Valley of the River Tarn
Total length
2,460 m (8,071 ft)
32 m (105 ft)
Longest span
342 m (1,122 ft)
Clearance below
270 m (886 ft) at maximum
Opening date
14 December 2004


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