Wulingshan Bridge

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Wulingshan Bridge
武陵山大桥
Pengshui, Chongqing, China
863 feet high / 263 meters high
1,181 foot span / 360 meter span
2009

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Opened in 2009, the G65 Chongqing-Hunan Expressway is a new 4-lane highway that 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. Threading through the rugged and spectacular Wujiang River gorge, the highway traverses several high tributaries near the city of Pengshui.

The most impressive of these crossings is the Wulingshan bridge. Rising 863 feet (263 mtrs) above a chasm cut so deep the river is nearly hidden from view, Wulingshan is the fourth highest cable stayed bridge in the world after the Baluarte bridge in Mexico, the Liuchonghe Bridge in China and the Millau Viaduct in France. Wulingshan has two planes of stays radiating out in a fan arrangement from a pair of A-frame towers. The higher of the two towers rises 617 feet (188 mtrs) from foundation to top. The bridge is located near the old National Road 319 approximately 25 miles (40 kms) east of Pengshui.


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Wulingshan Bridge Elevation


在跨越峡谷的大通道中最令人印象深刻的就是干溪沟大桥了。在一道裂痕般深不见底的峡谷之上263米处,干溪沟大桥是世界上紧紧排在墨西哥的比岑特纳里奥大桥、法国米约大桥之后的世界第三高度斜拉桥。干溪沟大桥是双A型主塔、双索面斜拉桥。两座主塔中较高一个从基础到塔顶高达188米。

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,位于贵阳上游方向的乌江流域,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。如果把位于乌江支流流域的干溪沟大桥和沿溪沟大桥也列于乌江水系的话,那么乌江上的高桥数量就达到了5座。在中国仅仅只有北盘江上拥有者更多的高桥数量。


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A view looking south from the Wulingshan Bridge towards the new railway line bridge that follows the general alignment of the G65 expressway. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The Wulingshan Gorge 863 feet (263 meters) below the deck. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A beautiful new truss arch can be seen on the old National Road 319 just North of the Wulingshan Bridge. The deck is 295 feet (90 meters) straight down or 355 feet (108 meters) high if measured to the bottom of the downstream waterfall. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A view looking straight down shows the thin 60 foot high (18 meter) waterfall cascade. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Wulingshan Bridge cable and socket connections.


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The bridge gets a paint job during the final weeks of construction.


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A car began to go on fire on the bridge but was put out quickly.


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Map of highway between Chongqing City and the Hunan border.


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Wulingshan Bridge satellite image.


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Wulingshan and Royal Gorge Bridge size comparison


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New River Gorge and Wulingshan Bridge size comparison

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