Saturday, April 25, 2015

V = Viaduct, The Millau, French Faves - A to Z Challenge 2015

In southern France, near Millau, there is a bridge called the Millau Viaduct, or the Millau Sky Bridge. 


Millau Viaduct, Millau, France - WC*-GNU License

Why is it called Sky Bridge? Why not? The viaduct seems to float so very high in the sky. The bridge is a time-saver and a view protector, designed to fit into the view, rather than obstruct it. The Millau Viaduct spans the valley of the River Tarn and provides a quicker way to cross the distance between Paris and Barcelona, Spain. It is the world's tallest and longest cable-stay designed bridge, amazing the world with its new inventions and techniques.  

Construction began in October 2001, and since then, the bridge has been consistently ranked as one of the great engineering achievements of all time. Sky Bridge was contracted to alleviate traffic problems during the holidays. This viaduct was inaugurated on December 14, 2004, and opened to traffic on December 16, 2004. The cost was 400 million Euros, approximately.

The huge piers, 340 metres high, surpasses the height of the Eiffel Tower and were positioned to millimetre accuracy using the same system that locates lost nuclear submarines. See diagram which follows




Comparing the highest Pier (P2) of the Millau Viaduct with the Eiffel Tower
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Roulex_45

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In June 2010, Richard Hammond of Top Gear, featured this magnificent structure in hi“Engineering Connections” BBC TV program

Youtube about the Millau Viaduct:
Scroll down the page to the Millau Sky Bridge video at the link below.

http://www.azsfrance.com/midipyrenees/the-awesome-millau-viaduct


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Have you heard of the Millau Viaduct or the Millau Sky Bridge? Would you like to see it? Do you like bridges? 

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References:

Wiki on Millau Viaduct
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millau_Viaduct 

Images:

Millau Viaduct

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Comparison Diagram - Millau Viaduct and the Eiffel Tower

Height diagram comparing the highest Pier (P2) of the Millau Viaduct in France with the Eiffel Tower. Author: Roulex_45
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12 comments:

  1. Hi DG - I love that Bridge .. and I went to see a Bridge Exhibition a while ago in the gallery on Tower Bridge ... it featured two of my grandfather's bridges - it's in the blood, but got stopped here ... Victoria Falls and Sydney Harbour being two of his ... I'll write about them sometime ..

    The adventure boys have been Base Jumping off the Bridge - which isn't looked on favourably by the authorities .. they jump out and launch themselves off the central part of the bridge - then they have to hot foot it off ... not my idea of fun!

    The architecture is just amazing .. and it's incredible to think how far Bridges have come ... Vic Falls was opened in 1908 .. the year my grandparents married .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Wow, how interesting, Hilary, that your grandfather had a part in the building of bridges. I love them and am fascinated by how they look whether old, or modern. Goes with liking the waterways and the coast I guess. Loved hearing about the bridges in your experience and the Base jumping - some just like extreme sports!

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  2. This bridge is impossibly high but it's really beautiful. I've seen a lot of pics of it where it's soaring above the clouds/fog. I'm not sure if I could cross it though....it's crazy high, but the possibility of great pics usually puts my fear of heights on the back burner.

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    1. I would love to take photos from there and of the bridge! I don't mind heights, it's the depths I don't care for.

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  3. That bridge is amazing! But I'd be so scared to cross it. I'm afraid of heights....

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    1. Just get someone else to drive and think like a bird. I'm sure the beauty of the landscape would distract you.

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  4. I was just going to say that I saw that bridge on Top Gear!

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    1. Great! Hubs watches that show, but we missed that one. Top Gear teaches us about more than cars and they usually have interesting guests.

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  5. I've never heard of this bridge. I would be on the edge of my seat driving across it.

    Sunni
    http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

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    1. It would be difficult to drive and admire it!

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  6. Geez, DG, what are you doing; tapping into my list of inner fears. I'm not too fond of bridges, because I'm really not crazy abut heights. I will admit that this one is beautiful and it actually does seem to blend into the surrounding landscape rather than obstruct or detract from the view. That in itself is a marvel.

    Interesting the term 'viaduct'. I was raised in Chicago where that is a familiar word, There are many places where their are bridges for trains to go over roadways rather than bring traffic to a screeching halt with the passing of each slow train. I grew up calling these bridges viaducts, as did everyone else in the area. When I moved to the west, it seemed as though no one had ever heard the term.

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    1. We had the Georgia Viaduct here in Vancouver and it did just what you said, it went over railway tracks and an industrial area. I can handle heights, but what makes me woozy is heights with water flowing below. . .my inner ear doesn't know which way I'm going.

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