Zhongjianhe Bridge

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Zhongjianhe Bridge
忠建河特大桥
Xuan'en, Hubei, China
853 feet high / 260 meters high
1,312 foot span / 400 meter span
2015


One of the tallest and highest cable stayed bridges in the world, the Zhongjianhe is also one of the most beautiful. The deep blue truss deck rises almost 260 meters above a shallow reservoir between a forested valley of green in the remote mountains of southern Hubei Province. The two main towers are among the twenty tallest bridge structures on earth rising 245 meters from foundation to top - even taller then the Golden Gate Bridge. There are 64 pairs of cable stays with a diameter of 7 mm. The longest measures 222 meters and weighs 15 tons. The span configuration is 3x30 +46+134+400+134+46 +5x40 meters.

The bridge is located midway between Enshi, Hubei and Yongshun, Hunan on the S73 Enlai Expressway.


忠建河大桥是世界上桥面和桥塔最高的斜拉桥之一,同时也是最美的斜拉桥之一。深蓝色的钢桁梁高出一个浅浅的水库大约260米,周边是苍翠欲滴的山谷,位于湖北西南部。两座桥塔是世界最高的20座桥塔之一,从底到顶高达245米,甚至比金门大桥桥塔还高。64对斜拉索每条直径7mm。最长的一条222米长,7吨重。桥跨布置为3x30 +46+134+400+134+46 +5x40米。

该桥位于湖北恩施到湖南永顺之间的S73恩来高速公路上。


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The beautiful Zongjianhe Bridge with slender towers 245 meters tall. These rank among the 12 tallest bridge structures on earth exceeding any bridge in North America. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


The cable stayed truss deck passes through the north tower approximately 140 meters above the ground. The roadway surface will be 260 meters above the normal level of the Zhongjian River. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The very center of the bridge could only be crossed on wood planks. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The base of each tower is supported on 24 massive circular piles in two groups of twelve in a 4x3 arrangement. Image by Richard Scott.


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A view of the south tower from a point more then 250 meters above the reservoir. Image by Bruce Lee.


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Zhongjianhe Bridge truss staging area. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A group of surveyors checks on the alignment of the bridge construction. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A drawing of the bridge before it was decided to make the truss section blue.











Dam just downstream of the Zhongjianhe Bridge. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


Xuan'en is the largest city near the bridge.


Zhongjianhe Bridge satellite image.


The city of Xuan'en can be seen in the upper right.


Zhongjianhe Bridge satellite image before construction began.



Zhongjianhe Bridge location map.

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