Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Millau Viaduct

Email from Papa B.

Would you be apprehensive about driving across this bridge?

The Millau viaduct is part of the new E11 expressway connecting Paris and Barcelona and features the highest bridge piers ever constructed. The tallest 240 meters (787 feet) high and the overall height is an impressive 336 meters (1102 feet), making this the highest bridge in the world. It is taller than the Eiffel Tower.

Intriguingly, the Millau Viaduct is not straight. A straight road could induce a sensation of floating for drivers, which a slight curve remedies. The curve is 20km in range. Moreover, the road has a light incline of 3% to improve the visibility and reassure the driver.

It is an amazing engineering feat!

Wikipedia has more details on the Millau Viaduct

1 comment:

Fogmaster said...

How can this be? This engineering marvel was built by lazy and cowardly socialists! It must have been built by Romney with his bare hands!