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Millau Viaduct

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Millau Viaduct
Location Map ( geo)
Millau Bridge - Coppermine - 16971.jpg
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From:  N of the Tarn Valley
To:  S of the Tarn Valley
Location
Millau, France
Opening Date
16.12.2004
Cost
EUR 394m
Toll
€7 (July & Aug), €5.40 (Sept-June)
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Cable Stayed Bridge
Length:  2460m (8070 ft 10 in)
Height:  343m (1125 ft 4 in)
Clearance:  245m (803 ft 10 in)
Engineer:  Michel Virlogeux
On road(s)
A75 (France)
Approaching the viaduct from the north

The Millau Viaduct (le Viaduc de Millau) is the tallest bridge in the world and at 2.5km long, it's really rather big! It cost EUR394m and was designed by architect Sir Norman Foster, and structural engineer Dr Michel Virlogeux.


It was built over several years in the beginning of the 21st Century, and was one of the final links in the A71/A75 "middle" motorway in France (the section from Pezenas to Beziers opened later as the final section), across the Massif Central. The bridge spans the Tarn Valley, and bypasses the former N9, which snaked its way down one side of the valley, through the town, and then back up the other side to the Larzac Plateau - this was a major bottleneck on the French trunk network for many years, but got progressively worse in the 1990s, as the A71/A75 was built up to the valley on either side.

Construction Gallery






Millau Viaduct
Related Pictures
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Millau Bridge - Coppermine - 16971.jpgA75 Viaduc de Millau - Coppermine - 22472.jpgA75 Millau Viaduct (3) - Coppermine - 2345.jpgMillau Viaduct - Coppermine - 2539.jpgMillau Viaduc 1 - Coppermine - 7525.JPG
A75 (France)
 • A75 (France)

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