World’s highest bridge opens to traffic in China
The Beipanjiang bridge in southern China has opened to traffic following three years of construction. Built above the Beipangjiang valley in Guizhou province, the bridge boasts a 1,341-metre span.
Even the most daring of souls might get a little nervous crossing the Beipanjiang Bridge in southwest China, which spans mountains and gorges 1,854 feet in the air.
The four-lane suspension bridge is now open to traffic, connecting the provinces of Guizhou and Yunnan. It’s 4,399 feet long, and equivalent to a 200-story building, CCTV reports. Construction on the $143 million bridge started in 2013, and the structure is expected to shorten the travel time between Guizhou and Yunnan from five hours to 90 minutes. Engineers said wind affected how they constructed the bridge, and parts of it had to be assembled on-site. Guizhou province is already home to 7 of the 10 highest bridges in China. Catherine Garcia.