Mexican president Felipe Calderón has inaugurated the world’s highest cable-stayed bridge this week – the 403m long Baluarte Bridge – in north west Mexico.
Calderón made the final pour of concrete on the bridge deck, and then made a speech praising the efforts of Mexican engineers. A consortium consisting of Mexican contractors Tradeco, Idinsa and Corey, plus structural engineering firm VSL México built the 2bn Mexican peso (£93M) bridge, beginning construction in 2008.
The 1,124m long crossing is supported by 152 steel cables, with a 520m central span, and carries a four-lane highway. With a bridge clearance of 390m from the bottom of the deck to the valley floor, the Guinness Book of Records has ratified the cable-stayed bridge as the world’s highest, surpassing the Millau Viaduct in France.
The bridge is part of the Mazatlán-Durango highway, a project that will link the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans through the North of Mexico. The route also includes another eight bridges and 63 tunnels.
Pictures of the construction can be found here.