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Highest Bridges in the World

List of the Highest Bridges in the World

The height of the bridges in our highest bridges list is measured from the deck of the bridge (which carries road, rail, transport etc.) down to the ground or water level beneath the bridge. The height of the bridge structure itself is not taken into account for this list of bridges. Currently* the highest bridge in the world is the Beipanjiang River bridge in southwestern China which is 1854 feet (565m) and opened to traffic in December 2016. Our list of highest bridges doesn’t generally include bridges still under construction, temporary bridge constructions, cliff walk bridges etc.

Highest Bridge Types
  • Suspension bridges: A pair of main suspension cables are stretched over two towers and firmly anchored into the ground. Smaller vertical suspender cables are attached to the main cables to support the deck below. Suitable for longer spans across rivers. Expensive to build.
  • Cable-stayed bridges: There are two main types:
    • Fan type: Efficient
    • Harp or parallel type: More space for fixings

    The deck is supported by cables anchored to towers. The downwards load on the bridge means the cables are under constant tension and the load is transferred to downwards force on the towers. Ideal for medium spans where stiffness is required. Does not need large ground anchors and cheaper to construct than suspension bridges.

  • Beam bridges: Vertical piers and horizontal beams. Simple to build but only suitable for short short spans, additional piers can be added for longer crossings.
  • Arch bridges: Relies on the load being transferred down through the arch and resisted by abutments at the base of the arch to prevent the arch spreading under compression. Limited span length but additional arches can be added for longer spans.
  • Bridge span = Longest span between two pillars. Bridge length = Total length including all pillars. Bridge height = From deck of bridge to ground/water level under bridge.
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Highest Bridges in the World Height (m) Height (feet) Locality Country Bridge Type Trivia Main Span (m) Main Span (feet) Opened #
Beipanjiang Bridge Duge. 565 1854 Dugexiang, Guizhou. China Cable-stayed bridge. Highest bridge in the world. 720 2362 2016 1
Siduhe Bridge (Sidu River Bridge). 496 1627 Yesanguanzhen, Hubei. China Suspension bridge. World’s highest suspension bridge. 900 2952 2009 2
Puli Bridge. 485 1591 Pulixiang, Yunnan. China Suspension bridge. 628 2060 2015 3
Yachi River Bridge. 440 1444 Daguanzhen, Guizhou. China Suspension bridge. 800 2625 2016 4
Qingshuihe River Bridge. 406 1332 Weng’an, Guizhou. China Suspension bridge. Also one of the world’s longest bridges. 1130 3707 2016 5
Hegigio Gorge Pipeline Bridge. 393 1289 Otoma, Southern Highlands. Papua New Guinea Suspension bridge. World’s highest pipeline bridge. 470 1542 2005 6
Baluarte Bicentennial Bridge (Puente Baluarte Bicentenario). 390 1280 El Palmito, Sinaloa. Mexico Cable-stayed bridge. Highest bridge in the Americas. 520 1706 2013 7
Liuguanghe Bridge Xiqian. 375 1230 Liutongxiang, Guizhou. China Suspension bridge. 580 1903 2016 8
Balinghe Bridge (Baling River Bridge). 370 1214 Guanling, Guizhou. China Suspension bridge. 1088 3570 2009 9
Beipanjiang Bridge Guanxing (Beipan River Guanxing Highway Bridge). 366 1200 Xingbeizhen, Guizhou. China Suspension bridge. 388 1273 2003 10
Dimuhe Bridge. 360 1181 Liupanshui, Guizhou. China Suspension bridge. 538 1765 2016 11
Liuchonghe Bridge (Liuchong River Bridge). 340 1115 Zhilin, Guizhou. China Cable-stayed bridge. 438 1437 2013 12
Aizhai Bridge. 336 1102 Jishou, Hunan. China Suspension bridge. 1176 3858 2012 13
Lishuihe Bridge. 330 1083 Zhangjiajie, Hunan. China Suspension bridge. 856 2808 2013 14
Beipanjiang Bridge Hukun. 318 1043 Qinglong, Guizhou. China Suspension bridge. 636 2087 2009 15
Najiehe Railway Bridge. 310 1017 Liuchangxiang, Guizhou. China Arch bridge. Railway bridge. 352 1155 2016 16
Liuguanghe Bridge. 297 975 Liu Guangzhen, Guizhou. China Beam bridge. Highest beam bridge in the world. 240 787 2001 17
Beipanjiang Railway Bridge Qinglong. 295 968 Qinglong, Guizhou. China Arch bridge. Railway bridge. 445 1460 2016 18
Zhijinghe Bridge. 294 965 Dazhipingzhen, Hubei. China Arch bridge. 430 1411 2009 19
Royal Gorge Bridge. 291 955 Cañon City, Colorado. USA Suspension bridge. Highest bridge in the USA. 286 938 1929 20
Longjiang Bridge. 290 951 Wuhexiang, Yunnan. China Suspension bridge. 290 951 2016 21
Xixihe Bridge Qianda. 288 945 Honglinxiang, Guizhou. China Beam bridge. 190 623 2015 22
Millau Viaduct (Viaduc Millau) the 277 909 Millau, Midi-Pyrénées. France Cable-stayed bridge. Tallest bridge in the world. 342 1122 2004 23
Beipanjiang Railway Bridge Shuibai. 275 902 Fa’er Bouyei, Guizhou. China Arch bridge. World’s highest railway bridge. 235 771 2001 24
Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tilman Memorial Bridge (Colorado River Bridge, Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge). 271 890 Boulder City, Nevada. USA Arch bridge. World’s highest concrete arch bridge. 323 1060 2010 25
New River Gorge Bridge. 267 876 Fayetteville, West Virginia. USA Arch bridge. Listed in USA national register of historic places. 518 1700 1977 26
Zongxihe Bridge. 264 866 Weixinzhen, Guizhou. China Arch bridge. 360 1181 2015 27
Wulingshan Bridge. 263 863 Pengshui, Chongqing. China Cable-stayed bridge. 360 1181 2009 28
Nanpanjiang Railway Bridge Qiubei. 262 860 Qiubei, Yunnan. China Arch bridge. Railway bridge. 416 1365 2016 29
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Footbridge. 260 853 Sanguansixiang, Hunan. China Suspension bridge. The world’s highest footbridge. Glass-bottomed. 430 1411 2016 30
Zhongjianhe Bridge. 260 853 Xuan’en, Hubei. China Cable-stayed bridge. 400 1312 2015 31
Wujiang Bridge Yuqing. 260 853 Goupitanzhen, Guizhou. China Cable-stayed bridge. 360 1181 2016 32
Italia Viaduct (Viadotto Italia). 259 850 Laino Borgo, Calabria. Italy Beam bridge. Highest bridge in Italy. 175 574 1974 33
Jiangjiehe Bridge. 256 840 Weng’an, Guizhou. China Arch bridge. 330 1083 1995 34

* Dated information last updated 1 January 2017.

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