Guankouya Bridge

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Guankouya Bridge
关口垭大桥
Langpingzhen, Hubei, China
394 feet high / 120 meters high
492 foot span / 150 meter span
2009

Image by Georges.


Although the Guankouya beam bridge is not as impressive as the 200 meter high monsters just a few kilometers to its east and west, this beam bridge still demands respect with a commanding view 120 meters above a V-shaped mountain creek along the great G50 expressway.

The two curving bridges have a span configuration of 82+ 150+ 82 meters atop piers as tall as 56 meters. The westbound span is about 8 meters lower in height. Steel straps are located beneath the central portion of the main westbound span at several intervals and were likely the result of concrete splitting off from improper pouring. Hopefully this quick fix will keep the span in good shape for at least a couple of decades.


Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


The steel straps on the westbound Guankouya Bridge. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


A satellite image showing Guankouya Bridge on the far left, the Tieluoping Bridge in the center and the Longtanhe Viaduct on the far right.


A satellite view of the high bridges from Shuinan and Siduhe Bridges on the left side to Shuanghekou, Guankouya, Tieluoping and finally Longtanhe Viaduct on the right. There is no other section of highway in the world to have so many high bridges in such a short stretch. Click in for a closer look.

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