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Lishuihe Bridge
澧水大桥
Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China
1,083 feet high / 330 meters high
2,808 foot span / 856 meter span
2013

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A "sequel" of sorts to the Aizhai suspension bridge located 100 kilometers to the south, the Lishuihe suspension bridge crosses another deep gorge in China's Hunan Province on the S10 Zhanghua east-west expressway that links up to the G65 expressway and Chongqing Province to the west.

Given how narrow the river gap is at the bridge site crossing, the main span seems to be unusually long at 2,803 feet (856 meters). I can only guess the cliff walls were found to be unstable and the engineers felt it was safer to build the towers a reasonable distance from the canyon rim.

Lishuihe is only the second bridge in history to use a rocket to carry the first pilot line across the gorge. This unusual technique was first done in 2006 during the construction of the Siduhe Bridge in nearby Hubei Province. Like most of China's big suspension spans, the Lishuihe towers support a central truss with unsuspended side spans.


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Lishuihe Bridge Elevation


几乎是其南面100公里处矮寨大桥的翻版,澧水特大桥位于张家界市张花高速公路上,跨越一个深谷,连接起该市和G65包茂高速。

这条峡谷并不宽阔,但此桥却有856米的跨径。只能假设峡谷两边的峭壁不够稳定,所以加大主跨以便使桥塔位于稳定的岩石基础上。

澧水大桥是第二次使用火箭抛射先导索的悬索桥。这种技术首次于2006年在临近的湖北四渡河大桥使用。和大部分中国悬索桥一样,澧水大桥没有边跨,引桥直接用混凝土T梁。


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The Lishuihe suspension bridge is not as famous as the Aizhai Bridge despite having a deck just as high at 330 meters. Image by John Filmer.


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East side rest stop area under construction. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


Image By 阿信.


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Image by MOC.gov.cn.


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Image by XXDS.gov.cn.


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A view of the spectacular river gorge from the bridge.


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Image By 阿信.


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A group of dignitaries celebrate the planned launch of the pilot line rocket.


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Military personnel prepare the rocket on a rainy day in early 2011.


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Several boxes hold a 1,000 meters of tether that must quickly unravel as the rocket pulls the line across the gorge.


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The launch is successful!


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A 2010 view of the tower construction.


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The towers were complete by early 2011.


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A drawing of the completed Lishuihe Bridge.


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A comparison between 3 different Lishuihe Bridge proposals. The arch would have been the world's highest.


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Lishuihe Bridge satellite image.

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