Saturday, April 25, 2009
The Millau Viaduct
Below is the text that accompanied this photo in an email I received. I'd love to cross this puppy in the Charger! (Click above image to see the whole 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 is 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's taller than the Eiffel Tower.
Interestingly, the Millau Viaduct is not straight. Why? It's because a straight road could induce a floating sensation as you drive across it. So, a slight curve remedies that feeling.
The curve is 20km in range. Moreover, the road has a light incline of 3% to improve the visibility and reassure the driver.
An amazing engineering feat!"
Note- I will add a link to a better picture later./done 4/26/09