World's highest bridge in China nearly ready

The Beipanjiang Bridge, in mountainous south-western China, soars 565m above a river. The two ends of the bridge were linked last Saturday.
The Beipanjiang Bridge, in mountainous south-western China, soars 565m above a river. The two ends of the bridge were linked last Saturday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

BEIJING • Chinese engineers have completed the structure of what is set to become the world's highest bridge.

The Beipanjiang Bridge, in mountainous south-western China, soars 565m above a river, the Guizhou provincial transport department said in a statement.

As such, it overtakes the Si Du River Bridge in the central province of Hubei to become the world's highest bridge, said the statement from the local authorities, posted on Sunday.

The two ends of the bridge were linked on Saturday, it added.

The 1,341m span is expected to open to traffic at the end of this year and will cut road trips from Liupanshui in Guizhou to Xuanwei in neighbouring Yunnan province from around five hours to less than two, state broadcaster China Central Television said yesterday.

Several of the world's highest bridges are in China, although the world's tallest bridge - measured in terms of the height of its own structure, rather than the distance to the ground - remains France's Millau viaduct at 343m tall.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 13, 2016, with the headline 'World's highest bridge in China nearly ready'. Print Edition | Subscribe