Mala Rijeka Viaduct

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Mala Rijeka Viaduct
Podgorica, Montenegro
650 feet high / 198 meters high
495 foot span / 151 meter span
1973


Once the highest railway bridge in the world, the Mala Rijeka Viaduct is still the pride of Montenegro. Located above a deep cut some 650 feet (198 mtrs) high, the bridge was completed in 1973. It was not until 2001, more than a quarter of a century later, that China surpassed it with the 902 foot (275 mtr) high Beipanjiang Railway bridge. When India’s Chenab bridge opens sometime after 2015, the Mala Rijeka will fall to third place. The Mala Rijeka can still lay claim to being the tallest railroad “viaduct” in the world since Beipanjiang and Chenab are arches. It can also boast of being the second highest truss bridge in the world after the Glade Creek bridge in West Virginia, U.S.A. The crossing is on the Belgrade - Bar line near Podgorica. The word Mala Rijeka translates to Little River.



Mala Rijeka Viaduct Elevation


Image by Cornelius Bechtler.


Mala Rijeka Viaduct satellite image.

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