Hezhang, Guizhou, China
690 feet high / 210 meters high
591 foot span / 180 meter span
Located near the city of the same name in northwestern Guizhou Province, the giant Hezhang Bridge will be one for the record books when it is completed in 2013 with a central pier 195 meters high from base to cap. Only the Millau Viaduct and Mexico's San Marcos bridge will have taller piers. The gargantuan super pier supports two main spans of 180 meters. A cable stayed design with a span of 322 meters was studied but passed in favor of the double beam span design.
Hezhang River Bridge Elevation
A clear view of the valley just before bridge construction began.
For those who might be interested, the list below shows the World's 10 Tallest Bridges as measured from the top of the foundation to the top of the tower. All are suspension or cable stayed bridges.
1. Hutong Bridge, China 345 meters
2. Millau Viaduct, France 336 meters
3. Russky Island Bridge, Russia 320 meters
4. Sutong Bridge, China 300 meters
5. Stonecutters Bridge, China 290 meters
6. Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, Japan 287 meters
7. Chishi Viaduct, China 287 meters
8. Yi Sun-sin Bridge, South Korea 270 meters
9. Jingyue Bridge, China 265.5 meters
10. Guizhou Bridge, China 262 meters
Construction workers high above the central pier.
Image by www.gog.com.cn.
Hezhang Bridge overview.
Computer rendering of completed Hezhang Bridge.