10+ Beautiful Pictures Of MILLAU VIADUCT France THE TALLEST BRIDGE IN THE WORLD

The Millau Viaduct (French: le Viaduc de Millau, IPA: [vjadyk də mijo]) is a cable-stayed bridge that spans the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southern France.

Designed by the British architect Norman Foster and French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux, it is the tallest bridge in the world with one mast’s summit at 343.0 metres (1,125 ft) above the base of the structure.[3][4] It is the 17th highest bridge deck in the world, being 270 metres (890 ft)[1] between the road deck and the ground below.[5] The Millau Viaduct is part of the A75-A71 autoroute axis from Paris to Béziers and Montpellier. The cost of construction was approximately €400 million. It was formally inaugurated on 14 December 2004, and opened to traffic on 16 December.[6] The bridge has been consistently ranked as one of the great engineering achievements of all time and received the 2006 International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering Outstanding Structure
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Carries 4 lanes of the A75 autoroute
Crosses Valley of the River Tarn
Locale Millau-Creissels, France
Official name Le Viaduc de Millau

Characteristics
Design Cable-stayed bridge
Total length 2460 m[1]
Width 32.05 m[1]
Height 343 m (max pylon above ground)[1]
Longest span 342 m[1]
Number of spans 204 m, 6×342 m, 204 m[1]
Clearance below 270 m (890 ft)[1]

History
Designer Norman Foster and Michel Virlogeux
Construction begin 16 October 2001[1]
Construction cost € 394,000,000[2]
Inaugurated 14 December 2004[1]
Opened 16 December 2004 09:00[1]

Source=en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millau_Viaduct

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