The world’s highest bridge opened to traffic in China, connecting two southwestern provinces and reducing travel time in the region by three quarters.
The 4400-foot-long Beipanjiang bridge has a height equivalent to a 200-story building, which makes it the world’s highest bridge down to the ground or water surface.Construction on the bridge spanning the Beipanjiang Valley began in 2013. The two sides were connected in September 2016.
The bridge cut travel times between Xuanwei in Yunnan to Shuicheng in Guizhou from more than four hours to around one, a truck driver surnamed Duan was quoted by the official news agency Xinhua as saying after the bridge opened Thursday.
It was “very convenient for people who want to travel between these two places”, he added.
The 1,341-metre span cost over 1 billion yuan ($144 million) to build, according to local newspaper Guizhou Daily.
It overtook the Si Du River Bridge in the central province of Hubei to become the world’s highest bridge, a separate statement by the provincial transport department said earlier.
Several of the world’s highest bridges are in China, although the world’s tallest bridge — measured in terms of the height of its own structure, rather than the distance to the ground — remains France‘s Millau viaduct at 343 metres.