Yanjinhe River 2007 Bridge

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Yanjinhe River 2007 Bridge
盐津河梁桥
Renhuai, Guizhou, China
540 feet high / 165 meters high
650 foot span / 198 meter span
2007


Opened in 2007 as a replacement bridge for a concrete truss-arch from 1995, the second Yanjinhe crossing is a simple 3-span prestressed concrete beam bridge with a main span of 650 foot (198 mtr) flanked by uneven side spans of 76 and 110 meters for a total length of 384 meters. The width of the bridge is 13 meters while the box beam width is 6.5 meters. The deck is 103 meters above the normal full level of the reservoir with another 60+ meters to the old level of the Yanjinhe River surface.

The original concrete arch was damaged a few years after it opened and had to be closed to automobile traffic. The second Yanjinhe bridge is located just a half mile (one kilometer) upstream from the original arch bridge which is now only open to pedestrians. A third, even higher crossing of the Yanjinhe opened in 2009 as a part of a new 4-lane highway.



Yanjinhe River 2007 Bridge Elevation


2007年通车的该桥用来替代原先的1995年建成的混凝土桁架拱桥第二座盐津河大桥是一个简单的3跨预应力混凝土梁桥,主跨200米。原先的混凝土拱桥在通车数年之后损坏而被迫关闭机动车通行。第二座盐津河大桥就在目前仅仅有行人可以通行的旧桥上游半英里(一公里)处。第三座,2009年建成通车更高的大桥跨越在盐津河之上,位于一条4车道公路之上。


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Image by Georges.


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In the foreground is the Yanjinhe 2007 beam bridge that bypassed the damaged arch from which this photo was taken. In the far background is the new 2009 Yanjinhe highway bridge. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The original 1995 arch that is now open to pedestrians only. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


The Yanjinhe Dam that created the reservoir now under all 3 bridges. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The renowned Guizhou Maotai alcohol factory is located in Renhuai. The famous drink is the most consumed liquor in China with alcohol content that ranges from the standard 53 percent down to 35 percent. The drink has a soy-sauce like fragrance that is distilled from fermented sorghum. An observation tower shaped like a giant can sits high up over the Yanjinhe River gorge.


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A view from 2008 showing a half full reservoir. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


A view from 2011 showing the reservoir almost empty from a drought. Image by Georges.


Image by Georges.


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A small creek snakes down the hillside into the Yanjinhe River. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


Another 2011 view looking downstream. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Yanjinhe 2007 Bridge opening ceremonies.


Yanjinhe 2007 Bridge opening ceremonies.


Yanjinhe 2007 Bridge soon after completion.



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A 2008 view. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


A 2011 view with the reservoir way down. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


Satellite image showing the location of the 3 Yanjinhe River Bridge crossings. The 1995 arch is on the left, the 2007 beam bridge is the middle crossing and the 2009 Maotai highway bridge is the one furthest to the right. Downtown Renhuai is in the upper right.

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