Friday, November 6, 2009

Millau Bridge

The Millau Viaduct is an enormous cable-stayed road-bridge that spans the valley of the stream Tarn beside Millau in southern France.

conceived by the structural engineer Michel Virlogeux and British architect Norman Foster, it is the biggest vehicular bridge in the world, with one mast's summit at 343 metres (1,125 ft) — somewhat bigger than the Eiffel Tower and only 38 m (125 ft) shorter than the domain State Building.

The viaduct is part of the A75-A71 autoroute axis from Paris to Montpellier. building cost was round €400 million.

It was formally dedicated on 14 December 2004, inaugurated the day after and opened to traffic two days later.

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