06 November 2008

The Millau Viaduct. Paris to Barcelona.

The Millau viaduct is part of the new E11 expressway connecting Paris and Barcelona and features the highest bridge piers ever constructed. The tallest is 240 meters high and the overall height will be an impressive 336 meters, making this the highest bridge in the world.

This Most Excellent structure is a large cable-stayed road-bridge that spans the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southern France. It is slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower and only 38 m (125 ft) shorter than the Empire State Building. It was formally dedicated on 14 December 2004, inaugurated the day after and opened to traffic two days later. The bridge won the 2006 IABSE Outstanding Structure Award.

I believe frequent flier points should be awarded for successfully crossing this very impressive bridge.

Under construction in 2004.