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Wulingshan Bridge
武陵山大桥
Pengshui, Chongqing, China
863 feet high / 263 meters high
1,181 foot span / 360 meter span
2009


Scheduled to open in 2009, the Chongqing-Hunan Expressway is a new 4-lane highway that will connect the city and municipality of Chongqing with Hunan Province. Roughly following the path of the Wujiang River, the route is one more “spoke” in a hub of highways that radiate out from Chongqing - the largest inland river port and western China’s most populous city. Threading through the rugged and spectacular Wujiang River gorge, the highway traverses several high tributaries near the city of Pengshui.

The most impressive of these crossings is the Wulingshan bridge. Rising 863 feet (263 mtrs) above a chasm cut so deep the river is nearly hidden from view, Wulingshan is the third highest cable stayed bridge in the world after the Baluarte bridge in Mexico and the Millau Viaduct in France. Wulingshan has two planes of stays radiating out in a fan arrangement from a pair of A-frame towers. The higher of the two towers rises 617 feet (188 mtrs) from foundation to top. The bridge is located near the old National Road 319 approximately 25 miles (40 kms) east of Pengshui.

The Wu River is one of the world’s greatest high bridge waterways with 3 bridges over 500 feet (152 mtrs) in height crossing it in different areas before it finally empties into the Yangtze River at the city of Fuling. The first came in 1995 when the 840 foot (256 mtr) high Jiangjiehe arch bridge opened near Weng’an. In 2001, the Liuguanghe bridge opened across the Wujiang’s upper reaches near Guiyang with a 975 foot (297 mtrs) high deck that is still the world’s highest among beam bridges. In 2008 a massive concrete beam bridge viaduct opened at the city of Wujiang. The total bridge count reaches 5 if you include the Wulingshan and Yanxigou bridges located on tributaries just off the Wujiang. Only the Beipanjiang River has a more spectacular group of high river crossings in China. The Wulingshan Bridge was referred to as the Ganxigou Bridge during construction.



Wulingshan Bridge Elevation


在跨越峡谷的大通道中最令人印象深刻的就是干溪沟大桥了。在一道裂痕般深不见底的峡谷之上263米处,干溪沟大桥是世界上紧紧排在墨西哥的比岑特纳里奥大桥、法国米约大桥之后的世界第三高度斜拉桥。干溪沟大桥是双A型主塔、双索面斜拉桥。两座主塔中较高一个从基础到塔顶高达188米。

乌江,在重庆涪陵终汇入长江之前,是世界上拥有3座超过152米高度跨越其上的水系之一。第一座跨越乌江的是1995年建成的、贵州省瓮安县的江界河大桥(拱桥),高256米。2001年六广河大桥开通,位于贵阳上游方向的乌江流域,高度297米,至今仍然是世界最高的梁桥。2008年,在贵州的乌江市建成了另一座巨大的混凝土梁桥。如果把位于乌江支流流域的干溪沟大桥和沿溪沟大桥也列于乌江水系的话,那么乌江上的高桥数量就达到了5座。在中国仅仅只有北盘江上拥有者更多的高桥数量。




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