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World’s highest cable-stayed bridge inaugurated in Mexico

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.


Readers' comments (2)

  • Come on, NCE, this is certainly not the world's highest bridge, and I very much doubt it is the tallest, based on drawings available on the net. The distance from deck to valley floor is (considerably) exceeded by the Siduhe River Bridge in China.

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  • This article is completely wrong. I might expect it from a generic news agency but this is a specialist site!

    The Baluarte bridge is the world's highest (not tallest, there is a difference!) cable-stayed bridge. It is not highest of any bridge type, just cable-stayed, and it certainly isn't the tallest!

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  • Thank-you for your comment. The previous article was incorrect and has been updated to reflect the changes.

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