Maotai Bridge

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Maotai Bridge
茅台特大桥
Renhuai, Guizhou, China
585 feet high / 178 meters high
722 foot span / 220 meter span
2009


Maotai Bridge is the third Yanjinhe River crossing and is part of a new 4-lane highway in the northernmost region of Guizhou province. The prestressed concrete beam bridge is the highest and most recent of 3 bridges that cross the Yanjinhe in the same location. The first was a concrete truss-arch that opened in 1995. Similar in design to the larger and more famous Jiangjiehe arch bridge, the Yanjinhe arch span was damaged a few years after it opened and had to be closed to automobile traffic. A second, replacement bridge came in 2007 when a 623 foot (200 mtr) span prestressed concrete beam bridge was built a half mile (one kilometer) upstream from the older arch bridge which is now only open to pedestrians.



Yanjinhe River 2009 Bridge Elevation


第三座盐津河大桥位于一条4车道公路之上,地处贵州省西北地区。这座预应力混凝土梁桥是在同一地区跨越盐津河的三座大桥最高的和最新的一座桥。第一座是1995年通车的混凝土桁架拱桥,结构设计上与更大更著名的江界河拱桥相似。这座盐津河拱桥在开通后没几年就应为损坏严重而被迫关闭机动车通行。第二座替代老桥的梁桥在2007年建成,跨径200米,是一座预应力混凝土梁桥,就紧挨着坐落在的只能作为人行桥的旧拱桥的上游半英里(一公里)处。


The Maotai Bridge under construction in 2008. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


In the foreground is the Yanjinhe 2007 beam bridge that bypassed the damaged arch from which this photo was taken. In the far background is the new 2009 Yanjinhe highway bridge. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A view looking downstream. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


A view looking upstream with the reservoir way down from a drought. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com



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Beyond the arch of the damaged 1995 bridge are the two subsequent beam bridge crossings. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


The 1995 arch is now only open to pedestrians. You can see more pictures of this bridge in the Yanjinhe River 1995 Bridge entry. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The renowned Guizhou Maotai alcohol factory is located in Renhuai. The famous drink is the most consumed liquor in China with alcohol content that ranges from the standard 53 percent down to 35 percent. The drink has a soy-sauce like fragrance that is distilled from fermented sorghum. An observation tower shaped like a giant can sits high up over the Yanjinhe River gorge.


Maotai Factory entrance is located just a kilometer from the bridges and river gorge. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


The Yanjinhe Dam that created the reservoir now under all 3 bridges. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com



Satellite image showing the location of the 3 Yanjinhe River Bridge crossings. The 1995 arch is on the left, the 2007 beam bridge is the middle crossing and the 2009 highway bridge is the one furthest to the right. Downtown Renhuai is in the upper right.

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