Qianyang, Shaanxi, China
564 feet high / 172 meters high
525 foot span / 160 meter span
The giant Wulipo Bridge is one of those viaducts that really likes to show off its legs in a way that few spans can do. Stretching across a wide valley in Shaanxi Province along the Baoji-Shaanxi-Gansu Expressway, the bridge is composed of four main spans of 160 meters. But its those piers that demand to be noticed with the tallest rising 153 meters along with 2 more that exceed 100 meters. With a total length of 1,238 meters, this is among the 30 largest viaducts on earth.
The four main beam spans are composed of single-cell boxes with a top width of 12.9 meters and a bottom width of 7 meters. The beam depth is 9.5 meters over the piers and 3.5 meters deep at midspan. Maximum pier height is 153 meters with a maximum deck width of 26 meters.
The viaduct is the highest of 3 giant Baohan Expressway bridges that skirt along the Fengjiashan reservoir about 10 kilometers east of Qianyang in Shaanxi Province. The other two are Jiankou and Nancun Bridges.
The 153 meter tall piers. Image by Chinahighway.com
Image by Chinahighway.com
Wulipo Bridge construction press day.
Wulipo Bridge satellite image.
Wulipo Bridge location map.
Map of the Baohan Expressway. The Fengjiashan reservoir can be seen in blue.