Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Worlds Tallest Vehicular Bridge: Millau Viaduct

Would you feel a little nervous about driving across this bridge?

There's something just not right about driving above the clouds...
The Millau Viaduct is part of the new E11 expressway connecting Paris and Barcelona and features the highest bridge piers ever constructed. The tallest is 240 metres (787 feet) high and the overall height is an impressive 336 metres (1102 feet), making this the highest bridge in the world. It's taller than the Eiffel Tower ...

Interestingly, the Millau Viaduct is not straight. Why?

It's because a straight road could induce a floating sensation as you drive across it. (wheee). So, a slight curve remedies that feeling. The curve is 20km in range. Moreover, the road has a slight incline of 3% to improve the visibility & reassure the driver.

Click the photo below to view a large vista of this amazing engineering feat!:

The information above is circulating about as an email.
More details, photos and comments are available here:

Note: According to the last link above, the road bed of Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado is a few meters higher than that of the Millau Viaduct which allows it to continue to hold title of highest bridge in the world based upon height of roadbed.

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