Meixihe Bridge Hurong

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Meixihe Bridge Hurong
梅溪河大桥
Fengjie, Chongqing, China
476 feet high / 145 meters high
1,266 foot span / 386 meter span
2010

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The new Meixi River cable stayed bridge is just the latest in a series of huge crossings that have been built over the deep waters of the massive 3 Gorges reservoir in Western China. Constructed along the new Hurong G42 expressway between Yichang and Wanxian that skirts through the mountains on the north side of the Yangtze River, the Meixihe has the longest span of the 3 cable stayed bridges along the route with a distance of 1,266 feet (386 meters) between towers. Despite the fairly conventional H-frame tower design, the new cable stayed crossing contrasts nicely with the older arch bridge just downstream. The longest and highest bridge on the highway is the Daninghe River arch bridge located 25 miles (40 kms) to the east with a span of 1,312 feet (400 meters). The other two cable stayed bridges along the G42 are the Pengxihe and Shennongxi Bridges located further east. Both are even higher then the Meixihe Bridge.

The Meixihe cable stayed bridge is the third of three spans to be built across the Meixihe River in the last decade. The first was an unusual towerless suspension bridge near the city of Fengjie, close to the mouth of the river where it meets the Yangtze. Then in 2000 it was replacaed with a concrete filled steel tubular arch with a clear span of 945 feet (288 meters).


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Meixihe Bridge Hurong Elevation


近十年来梅溪河之上新建的两座高桥之一,新梅溪河斜拉桥是最近一座建成的跨越中国西部的三峡库区众多深水水系之上的特大桥梁之一。建在宜昌和万县之间的长江北岸山区的新公路干线,梅溪河大桥是其上唯一一座斜拉桥,主跨386米。尽管采用相对普通的H型主塔,这座新建的斜拉桥还是和下游的拱桥形成了鲜明良好的对比。在这条公路干线上的最大最高的桥梁就是在梅溪河斜拉桥以东25英里(40公里)处的大宁河拱桥,其主跨400米。

梅溪河上第一座高桥是2000年建成的靠近奉节县城的拱桥,紧邻梅溪河与长江交汇的河口。主跨288米的钢管混凝土拱桥仍然是中国这一类型拱桥之中最高和最大的之一。


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Image by cq.people.com.cn.


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Meixihe Bridge satellite image.


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The Meixihe cable stayed bridge can be seen at the top with the arch bridge in the center. The Yangtze River is at the bottom.

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