Did you know that the opening ceremony for the world’s tallest bridge was held in 2004? The Millau Viaduct is located in southern France. During the summer and holidays, there was a problem with traffic congestion around the town of Millau. A bridge connecting the two sides of the Tarn valley would shorten trip time for travelers and reduce traffic issues for residents in the valley. At its highest point, the Millau Viaduct is 1,125 feet tall; taller than the Eiffel Tower! The bridge deck (what cars travel on) is 8,070 feet long and hangs 890 feet above the valley floor!
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Construction on the Millau Viaduct began on December 14, 2001. The bridge finished ahead of schedule in December 2004. The bridge opened to traffic on December 16, 2004.
The Millau Viaduct is a cable-stayed bridge. Unlike a suspension bridge, the cables supporting the bridge deck connect directly to the towers or pylons, instead of being suspended or connected to a main cable that is anchored at the ends of the bridge. Designs for cable-stayed bridges date back to the 1500’s.
A viaduct is a bridge made of several small spans. There are 7 piers in the Millau Viaduct; the shortest is 253 feet tall, the tallest is 1,125 feet tall. The tallest pier is 23 m taller than the Eiffel Tower.
An estimated 10,000 to 25,000 vehicles use the Millau Viaduct each day.