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Millau Viaduct - Tallest Cable Road Bridge

16 June 2012
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The Millau Viaduct is a cable-stayed road-bridge across the river Tarn near Millau in southern France. It was designed by the French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux and British architect Norman Foster, it is the tallest bridge in the world with one mast's summit at 343.0 meters above the base of the structure.

Millau Viaduct | Tallest Cable Road Bridge

It is also the 12th highest bridge in the world, with a 270 meters drop from the bridge road to the valley below. The 2460 meters long bridge is a stunning architectural and design feat. The bridge was opened in 2004 to close the "missing link" on the A75 autoroute. The bridge's construction cost up to €394 million, with a toll plaza 6 km north of the viaduct costing an additional €20 million. The project required about 127,000 cubic meters of concrete, 19,000 tonnes of steel for the reinforced concrete and 5,000 tonnes of pre-stressed steel for the cables and shrouds.

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