Wujiang River Bridge

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Wujiang River Bridge
乌江河大桥
Pengshui, Chongqing, China
502 feet high / 153 meters high
656 foot span / 200 meter span
2009


Opened in 2009, the G65 expressway connects the city and municipality of Chongqing with Hunan Province. Roughly following the path of the Wujiang river, the route is one more “spoke” in a hub of highways that radiate out from Chongqing - the largest inland river port and western China’s most populous city. Crossing the Wujiang River in at least two locations, the highway spans the Wu near Pengshui parallel to a lower railway line.

Since the bridge was completed, a downstream dam has submerged approximately 30 meters of the spans height. But even with a full reservoir the G65 Wujiang crossing is still more then 120 meters above the water. A parallel rail line bridge was also completed around the same time, crossing the river at a much lower elevation.

The Wu River is one of the world’s greatest high bridge waterways with more then half a dozen bridges over 500 feet (152 mtrs) in height crossing it in different areas before it finally empties into the Yangtze River at the city of Fuling. The first came in 1995 when the 840 foot (256 mtr) high Jiangjiehe arch bridge opened near Weng’an. In 2001, the Liuguanghe bridge opened across the Wujiang’s upper reaches near Guiyang with a 974 foot (297 mtrs) high deck that is still the world’s highest among beam bridges.

原计划能在2009年通车,渝湘高速公路是一条新建的4车道的公路,连接重庆直辖市和湖南省。大体上沿着乌江流域,这条线路是以重庆为核心向外辐射的高速公路网络中有一条新的干线——重庆,中国西部最大的直辖市和内河口岸。至少在两处跨越乌江的高速公路,在彭水附近跨越了一条铁路线。

乌江,在重庆涪陵终汇入长江之前,是世界上拥有3座超过152米高度跨越其上的水系之一。第一座跨越乌江的是1995年建成的、贵州省瓮安县的江界河大桥(拱桥),高256米。2001年六广河大桥开通,位于贵阳上有方向的乌江流域,高度297米,至今仍然是世界最高的梁桥。2008年,在贵州的乌江市建成了另一座巨大的混凝土梁桥。


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Wujiang River satellite image showing only the railway bridge completed.

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