Viaduc de Millau - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Viaduc de Millau
Viaduc de Millau - FURTHER INFORMATION
Viaduc de Millau - Millau visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Viaduc de Millau' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Aveyron.
Viaduc de Millau (Millau Viaduct) is a famous bridge spanning the valley and river Tarn near Millau in Aveyron, France. Designed by Michel Virlogeux and architect Norman Foster, this is the tallest road bridge on earth and was opened in 14 December 2004. It is just taller than the and a little lower than the . Construction of the Viaduc de Millau broke several world records and it has now become something of a local tourist attraction.
The Millau Viaduct forms a link in the A75 autoroute, (la Méridienne) from Clermont-Ferrand to Pézenas which avoids the long descent into Millau, saving about an hour on the journey. On it is an eight-span steel roadway supported by seven concrete pylons. Drivers must pay a toll to pass in either direction.
Viaduc de Millau - Construction RecordsAt the time of opening, the Millau Viaduct held several records listed below. Since 2004 other road bridges have been constructed which surpass even these achievements.
- Highest Pylons - Pylons P2 and P3 are 244.96m and 221.05m high, breaking the record previously held by the Kochertal Viaduct in Germany.
- Highest Bridge Tower - The mast on top of P2 reaches 343m from the ground.
- Highest Road Bridge in Europe - at the highest point, the road deck is 270m above the valley floor.
For further information about the bridge see Wikipedia.