West Virginia, New River Gorge Bridge

February 23, 2012 by staff 

West Virginia, New River Gorge Bridge, When the Baluarte Bicentennial Bridge in Mexico, which joined the states of Durango and Sinaloa some 1,320 feet above the Baluarte River was completed this month, it became the highest bridge in the Western Hemisphere.

As The Washington Post’s Nick Miroff reports, the bridge’s road deck is so high that the Eiffel Tower, or two Washington Monuments stacked end to end, could fit beneath it.

A general view of the Baluarte Bicentennial Bridge, the highest cable-stayed bridge in the world, which connects the northwestern Mexican states of Durango and Sinaloa. (Reuters)

How does the newest and the highest bridge in Mexico compare with some of the infrastructure in the United States?

Once the highest suspension bridge in the world, the Royal Gorge Bridge above the Arkansas River is now the tallest in the United States. Built in 1929, the Colorado bridge’s height was unmatched for more than 70 years, until after 2001, when China would build nine suspension bridges, all of which pushed the Royal Gorge Bridge down the list of the world’s highest.

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