The Millau Viaduct

By on December 14, 2004

The Millau Viaduct was officially opened today in southern France. Photos here. It is the highest bridge in the world and will provide a direct route from Paris to the Mediterranean coast.

With a total height of 343m, taller than the Eiffel tower, the structure is expected to be the highest viaduct in the world and will be the first cable-stayed bridge to be built with seven pylons instead of the usual two or three. 2,460m in length, the crossing is expected to last, by car, around one minute.

The project started mid-2002 and the bridge is expected to be open to traffic on 10 January 2005. The works will cost €310,000,000.

The official site is terribly slow (and in French) so here are a couple more to try: Road Traffic Technology and Foster and Partners



  1. Here’s how I know I’m a dork:

    I’m already on the edge of my seat waiting for the Discovery Channel documentary to come out. It’ll be on Modern Marvels or Extreme Engineering, I’m sure. Can’t wait.

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