Meixihe Bridge Hurong

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Meixihe Bridge Hurong
Fengjie, Chongqing, China
476 feet high / 145 meters high
1,266 foot span / 386 meter span

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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).


Meixihe Bridge Hurong Elevation



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Meixihe Bridge satellite image.


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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