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The town of Millau once mostly known for their Roquefort cheese has added another must see “The Millau Viaduct”. The Millau Viaduct is one of the most popular bridges in the world.

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Designed by structural engineer Michel Virlogeux and architect Norman Foster it is currently the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world. One of the summit of this bridge is at a height of 343 meters)1125 ft) which makes it is the tallest vehicular bridge in the world, taller than the Eiffel Tower.

Source of image: http://io9.com/

Source of image: http://io9.com/

Inaugurated on the 14th December 2004, completed in three years, and a month ahead of schedule which in it self is noteworthy. The bridge was designed to relieve congestion along the route from Paris to Spain but, ironically, has become a destination in its own right.

 

References

The Millau Viaduct – Designing Buildings Wiki. (n.d.). Retrieved July 22, 2014, from http://www.designingbuildings.co.uk/wiki/The_Millau_Viaduct

Millau Viaduct France – Extreme Engineering. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.engineeringcivil.com/millau-viaduct-france-extreme-engineering.html

 

 

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