Millau Viaduct Reviews
Millau Viaduct Aug 21, 2009
I have been driving over many nice bridges but this one is truly awesome. The Millau Viaduct is located on the territory of the communes of Millau and Creissels, France, in the département of Aveyron. The bridge traverses the Tarn valley above its lowest point, linking two limestone plateaux, the Causse du Larzac and the Causse Rouge, and is inside the perimeter of the Grands Causses regional natural park.
The bridge forms the last link of the A75 (la Méridienne) from Clermont-Ferrand to Pézenas and to be extended to Béziers by 2010, which I can’t go fast enough; we were stuck there for more than 40 minutes due to the fact that many tourists heading to southern France and Spain follows this route, because it is direct and without tolls for the 340 kilometres between Clermont-Ferrand and Pézenas, except for the bridge itself.
The bridge’s construction broke three world records:
1. The highest pylons in the world: pylons P2 and P3, 244.96 meters and 221.05 meters in height.
2. The highest mast in the world: the mast atop pylon P2 peaks at 343 meters.
3. The highest road bridge deck in the world, 270 m above the Tarn River at its highest point, which is nearly twice as tall as the previous tallest vehicular bridge in Europe, the Europabrücke in Austria.
We were lucky, when we passed because the weather was clear and the viaduct looked like a piece of art in the middle of the landscape.
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