Shijiazhai Bridge

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Shijiazhai Bridge
石家寨大桥
Jishou, Hunan, China
295 feet high / 90 meters high
131 foot span / 40 meter span
2012

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Shijiazhai Bridge is a simple beam structure that opened in 2012 with 16 spans of 40 meters and is one of 4 nearly back to back beam bridges just north of Jishou City where the G65 expressway junctions with the Yongshun expressway. The 3 other big beam bridges nearby include Tonghe, Elipo and Zhuangjiapo Bridges.

In 2017 the Shijiazhai Bridge was heavily modified to become part of the giant aerial interchange with the Yongshun expressway that forks off to the north. The newer structure includes a towering 270 degree spiral exit ramp that is likely the highest of its type in the world with piers more then 100 meters tall. The construction of this expressway interchange also required a widening of the Zhuangjiapo Bridge located just to the north of the Shijiazhai Bridge.

The name of this giant new interchange viaduct is unknown but when I find out I will give that bridge another separate entry on my website.


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The older G65 Expressway cuts across the new bridge interchange that marks the start of the Yongshun Expressway.


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The 270 degree spiral interchange that will transition travelers from the Southbound G65 to the Northbound Yongshun Expressway and from the Yongshun Expressway to the Southbound G65 expressway. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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This is the first expressway interchange in the world to exceed 100 meters in height. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Piers for the exit from the Northbound G65 to the Northbound Yongshun Expressway. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The colossal series of spans on the beginning Northbound section of the Yongshun Expressway. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Piers for the exit from the Southbound Yongshun Expressway to the Northbound G65 Expressway. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Note foundations for the start of the southbound exit lane from the G65 Expressway to the Yongshun Expressway. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Low pier construction on the exit transition from the Yongshu Expressway to the northbound G65 Expressway. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Piers from the entry ramp that will transition from the Yongshu Expressway to the southbound G65 Expressway. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Shijiazhai Bridge location map.

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