Millau Viaduct

Millau Viaduct 400
Millau Viaduct
Photo by: tibchris, Creative Commons

There many reasons to visit France, aside from its French bread, bagels and churros. France is the country where the City of Love, Paris, can be found. France is furthermore famous for its Eiffel tower. But do you know that France also serves as a home to the world’s tallest vehicular bridge? Yes, none other than the Millau Viaduct!

Millau Viaduct, an enormous cable-stayed bridge, is located at the South of France. It crosses the River Tarn’s valley, possessing a total length of over eight thousand feet. Its summit is 1,125 feet high, just a little bit taller than the Eiffel tower. It was opened in December, 2004.

This bridge road deck can accommodate sixteen traffic lanes, eight lanes for each direction. Millau Viaduct also has a toll plaza that can amazingly entertain each lane. Public toilets, car parks and viewing stations are situated on the side of the bridge near the toll plaza.

With seven concrete pylons for support, Millau Viaduct is made to endure earthquakes and other possible calamities.

The construction of Millau Viaduct solved so many problems. For one, Rhone Valley’s traffic congestion is alleviated, allowing the visitors from Portugal and Spain to reach the Mediterranean in very little time. The Clermont-Ferrand town and Massif Central also became accessible from the south of France with the use of Millau Viaduct.

Millau Viaduct does not only hold the record as the tallest vehicular bridge ever made, it also holds two world titles as well. Millau Viaduct owns the tallest pylons in the world, beating Germany, the previous record-holder. It also has the world’s highest bridge tower, which is also pylon two.

If you ever visit France, then you must take a little time to see Millau Viaduct. It is an overwhelming feeling to see one of the world’s titleholders.

15 responses to “Millau Viaduct”

  1. errica says:

    ive been there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    it was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    :-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-)

  2. bill field says:

    What a breathtaking Bridge….WOW A great British designed structure!!

  3. dcnumbaah17 says:

    Thanks publisher! this is a huge help for my French homework … 🙂

  4. teebagermcgee says:

    this is extrodanairy

  5. teebagermcgee says:

    i love the brigde just like a child

  6. paris says:

    ive been to this bridge and i is absolutley amazing i mean its breathtaking
    im in grade 6 and we have to build a famous structure of bridge and i chose this one so this information has helped heaps

  7. amardip says:

    I love this bridge and want to solute all the engineers and member belongs to this project.

  8. Jasmine says:

    Um do yall know how much weight it can carry I need to know for my home work

  9. Norah says:

    Thanks that was really helpful!

  10. t man says:

    wow the french learned how to build something worth some worth my time

  11. t man says:

    ops lol

  12. Jake says:

    shut up people your annoying just because you have been there I’ve probably been to more places than you and been to even more cooler places than you so shut up this isn’t the only super “awesome!!!” by errica. SO why say i’ve been there many people have its not a surprise its just the tallest bridge in the world woo hoo.

  13. Salt master says:

    Jake is a supreme salt master, he can have as much salt as he wants… So salty, I am jealous of how salty you are, please teach me to be like you

  14. brutality says:

    come on children lets all be friends

  15. ray ray meow says:

    This bridge looks amazing!!! I wish I could go and see it!

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