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Video shows construction of world’s highest bridge in China

The world’s highest bridge will soon be found in the province of Guizhou in China after the basic structure was completed earlier this week.

CCTV News has released timelapse footage of the Beipanjiang Bridge being constructed. The stunning footage shows clouds swirling around the super structure. Certainly the engineers featured on the video, must have a head for heights working as such high altitude.

The Beipanjiang Bridge is 1,341m (4,399ft) in length and will link Hangzhou City in Zhejiang province to Ruili City in Yunnan province.

The construction of the bridge took three years to build and involved over 1,000 engineers and technician working on the project. Engineers completed construction of the bridge deck on Monday, with a celebration being held for workers from both ends of the bridge.

The cost of the project is estimated at 1Bn yuan, around £113m. It is hoped the bridge will save road users four hours on their journeys.

The record breaking bridge will replace Millau Viaduct in Millau, France as the world’s highest bridge, which at its highest point stands at 343m (1,125 ft) above its base.

The structure took almost four years to build and was opened to the public in December 2004.

China would appear to be monopolising the list of the world’s tallest bridges, with nine of the 20 tallest being found there.

China pledged in May of this year to invest over £500Bn in infrastructure over the next three years and see over 300 rail and road projects undertaken.

The bridge is expected to open to traffic later this year.

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