Zhoubadeng Railway Bridge

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Zhoubadeng Railway Bridge
周八蹬大桥
Guyuxiang, Chongqing, China
(312) feet high / (95) meters high
131 foot span / 40 meter span
2010

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The amazing Yi-wan Railway opened in 2010 as the most difficult train line project ever undertaken in China. The Yichang to Enshi section of the railway bypasses the 3 Gorges stretch of the Yangtze River with a seemingly endless succession of tunnels and bridges. It is rare for any rail line in the world to have a single bridge over 280 feet (85 meters) high - the Yiwan Railway line has fifteen that exceed that height threshold!.

With more than 70 percent of the route either in a tunnel or on a bridge, the complex geology of the terrain forced the engineers to overcome landslides, falling rocks and steep terrain.

The 15 highest bridges include Wanzhou Yangtze, Shuangliu, Sibuhe, Yeyabang, Zhoubadeng, Dukouhe, Yaojiawan, Makou, Mashuihe, Longwangmiao, Yesanhe, Yexihe, Zhaojialing, Shizikou and Luobuxi Bridges.

Zhoubadeng Railway Bridge has a span configuration of 3x32+6x32 +36+40+36 +1x32+2x24 meters atop a central pier 79.5 meters tall. The total length is 304 meters.


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Zhoubadeng Railway Bridge satellite image.


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Zhoubadeng Railway Bridge location map.


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The 15 highest bridges along the Yi-Wan Railway line between Yichang and Wanzhou cities.

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