Would you be afraid to drive on this bridge?

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Forum topic by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 08-15-2007 06:09 PM 3772 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-15-2007 06:09 PM

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The Millau viaduct is part of the new E11 expressway connecting Paris and Barcelona and featuresthe highest bridge piers ever constructed. The tallest is 240 meters (787 feet) high and the overall height will be an impressive 336 meters (1102 feet), making this the highest bridge in the world.

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#1 posted 08-15-2007 06:13 PM

Quite the impressive engineering feat.

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#2 posted 08-15-2007 06:18 PM

I have been nervous about crossing our aging brides for some time now but now I am even more concerned. I wouldn’t want to have to cross this one when it starts to have some age to it. It is beautiful though, from this angle it looks like a smile.


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#3 posted 08-15-2007 06:20 PM

I’d be just as afraid to drive on the roads underneath.

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#4 posted 08-15-2007 06:40 PM

that’s crazy. You’re right Diane – it’s smiling, saying, “come here, me pretties… let me show you the sights”

i wouldn’t want to drive on it when it was windy either

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#5 posted 08-15-2007 06:51 PM

Right Debbie!
While driving through North Dakota, You hang tight on the wheel while crossing even short bridges. It seems like you get a wind gust everytime you’re on a brdge.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 08-15-2007 07:44 PM

I remember going across that “Sunshine Skyway” in Tampa/St Pete. Florida. I got stuck in traffic and had really no choice. (Shall I say I was lost??) I went across it with something like a 40mph breeze going…Wow! Dang. Yikes even!! Swaying like one couldn’t believe, oh my gosh! Unfortunately there wasn’t a turnaround. Later that day they closed it, but only after the wind got up to 50mph or so. Same bridge that a tug boat hit about 6 years ago…...

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#7 posted 08-15-2007 07:57 PM

I saw them joining this bridge in the center. Each section was started from the opposite end of the valley.
If I remember right they were out about 5 cm.
It custs around 2 hours drivng time off the route as opposed to driving the twisties in the valley.

I’d love to give that thing a whirl!


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#8 posted 08-15-2007 08:07 PM

That bridge looks pretty cool. Having known a few civil engineers, I would have to say that the surrent state of engineering (if done with a conscience) is much more sophisticated than even 10-20 years ago. I used to know an engineer that did a great deal of consulting on projects around the world, and he said that he had predicted the fall of the embarcadero in the big earthquake we had a ways back in California. It was just an elementary engineering problem that they had solved some years after the building of the embarcadero, but it was much to late and too costly to fix it at the time. The cool things they can do to concrete to make it stronger, more flexible, and even more translucent, are amazing. The kicker, is if a project was designed well, and even more important, implemented well.

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#9 posted 08-15-2007 11:22 PM


I’m not a big fan of heights, but this is an engineering and building feat!


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#10 posted 08-15-2007 11:38 PM

Lets just say that once I got on it I would not waste any time getting off it.

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#11 posted 08-16-2007 03:43 AM

I drove under this bridge in July ‘05 while it was being constructed. I looked finished, from below, and there were vehicles on the bridge, but it was not open to the public. We were traveled along the highway from the right of the picture down into the valley bottom. Looking up, it was hard to believe – probably the most spectacular bridge I’ve seen anywhere in the world.

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#12 posted 08-16-2007 03:53 AM

Forget the winds. Let’s see the drunk driver!
Or the speeder that looses control.

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#13 posted 08-16-2007 04:48 AM

The trouble I have with an engineering feat such as this, is that column 32 may well be designed by a guy that never came to the final solution to any problem. A part mark degree. It looks scary as hell to drive on.

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#14 posted 08-16-2007 04:43 PM

There was a very nice show on the National Geographic Channel that showed the construction of the bridge. The show is called Megastructures and there are a lot of really good episodes. I have a season pass set up on my Tivo.

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#15 posted 08-16-2007 08:37 PM

I’ve seen other pictures of this bridge. It looks like a real engineering marvel. I’d probably be willing to drive it. Do they sale insurance on each side?

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