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Duge Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge near Liupanshui in China. As of 2016, the bridge is the highest in the world with the road deck sitting over 565 metres above the Beipan River.[1][2] The bridge crosses the river on the border between Yunnan and Guizhou provinces.[3][4] The bridge is part of the G56 Hangzhou–Ruili Expressway between Qujing and Liupanshui. The eastern tower measures 269 m (883 ft) making it one of the tallest in the world.

The bridge spans 1.34 km (0.83 miles) between Xuanwei city in Yunnan province and Shuicheng county in Guizhou province. It shortens the journey between the two places from more than four hours' drive to about an hour according to the state broadcaster CCTV.[citation needed]

Construction

Construction of the bridge began in 2011. The bridge was completed on 10 September 2016.[5] It was inaugurated on 29 December 2016.[6]

Duge Bridge dimensions; horizontal measurements are in centimetres

See also

References

  1. ^ Chris Buckley (2017-06-10). "China's New Bridges: Rising High, but Buried in Debt China has built hundreds of dazzling new bridges, including the longest and highest, but many have fostered debt and corruption". Chishi, China: New York Times. p. A6. Archived from the original on 2017-06-10. The vertiginous Duge Beipan River Bridge, the world’s highest, vaults a 1,853-foot-deep chasm in southwest China. 
  2. ^ "China's impossible engineering feat". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  3. ^ "Work begins on Duge Beipanjiang Bridge towers". Bridge Design and Engineering. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Sakowski, Eric. "Beipanjiang Bridge Duge" (Wiki). HighestBridges.com. /
  5. ^ China completes the 'world's highest bridge' built 1,850 feet above the ground Daily Mail Online
  6. ^ observador. "China inaugura ponte mais alta do mundo (China inaugurates the highest bridge in the world)" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2016-12-30.