Design and Construction of the Beipanjiang Bridge

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Beipanjiang Bridge, the world's highest, is positioned 575 m above a deep river and gorge in the Beipanjiang locality at the border separating Yunnan and Guizhou Provinces in Southwest China; the structure features a total length of 1,341.4 m. The bridge main span is 720 m long, ranking it second in the world among steel truss girder, cable-stayed bridges. Upon completion of this bridge in 2016, travel time from one side to the other was substantially reduced, from 3 hours to just 5 minutes. The present paper describes the design and construction processes for the Beipanjiang Bridge project.