Weixinzhen, Guizhou, China
866 feet high / 264 meters high
1,181 foot span / 360 meter span
With a deck just 10 feet lower then West Virginia's New River Gorge Bridge, the upcoming Zongqihe Bridge is going to be one of the world's most impressive highway arches. Like most of China's largest arch spans, Zongqihe will be a concrete filled steel tubular bridge where the main ribs are filled with concrete. Once hardened, the concrete solidifies and stiffens the arch, improving the compressive strength of the entire structure. The north-south crossing will be one of the highest bridges along the G76 expressway between Bijie and Liupanshui in Guizhou Province.
Among all the world's arch spans Zongqihe will rank 9th in height. Expect a 2015 opening.
This gargantuan suspension footbridge was constructed for workers to access both sides of the river gorge. The main span may well be in excess of 500 meters. Only the Dimuhe construction footbridge to the south is as large with a main span of 550 meters. They are the first footbridges in history to exceed the main span of the Brooklyn Bridge. They are also the first two footbridges in the world to be higher then 200 meters.
The below satellite view of the Zongqihe Bridge site shows only the approximate location of the main span across the Liuchong River.
Zongqihe Bridge Elevation