The Millau Bridge is the tallest bridge in the world and is located in the valley of Tarn river near Millau , in souther France . Millau Viaduct construction cost was around 400 million euro and it was opened to traffic on December 16 , 2004 . The Millau bridge received the 2006 IABSE Outstanding Structure Award , it was designed by Michel Virlogeux and Norman Foster . The bridge is part of the A75-A71 autoroute axis from Paris to Montpellier .
Millau Bridge Construction
It took seventeen years of research and work to complete the bridge and fill in the missing link in the A75 . For each one, rigour, precision and professionalism were the key words. There were many essential conditions to make this exceptional construction one for the record books and three world records were broken : Millau Viaduct has the longest pylons in the world , The viaduct itself is the tallest bridge in the world and it’s the highest road bridge deck in Europe, 270 m (890 ft) above the Tarn River at its highest point .
Visiting Millau Viaduct and surroundings
Millau Viaduct is located in Millau, Languedoc and falls inside the Grands Causses regional natural park. In addition to being a major improvement to the road system in the region, the bridge has also received critical acclaim and become an immediate tourist attraction in its own right.
Crossing the bridge by car is an option for visiting but not worth because of the barriers and because you’re not allowed to stop on it .You can have an easy ride by parking in the town centre and taking the tourist bus from the Tourist Information Office. This will enable you to get the best possible views, photo opportunities and of course a running commentary on the construction from infancy to completion. You can visit the official information site underneath the bridge where there is a little museum with photographs of the build, a film to show the progression of the site and various souvenirs to buy. Or, my preferred option, to visit the information site on the north side of the bridge, where you can again get a historical perspective of the build, but also take the opportunity to walk up to a viewing point high above the bridge itself where you can get some spectacular photos. Be warned though, there is a long and steep flight of steps to navigate to get up there.
The Bridge is an amasing engineering structure that you can’t miss in a lifetime . The photos can show you the Millau bridge but you must feel the it’s greatness and splendor by visiting it. [Source : www.francethisway.com]