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Millau Viaduct

paris to barcelona

Received: 01Jan1993

Talk About 'Up In The Air'

Would you feel a little nervous about driving across this bridge?

There is something just not right abouit driving above the clouds.

The Millau Viaduct is part of the new E11 expressway connecting Paris and Barcelona. It features the highest bridge piers ever constructed. The tallest is 240 metres (787 feet) high and the overall height is an impressive 336 metres (1102 feet), making this the highest bridge in the world. It is taller the the Eifel Tower.

Interestingly, the Millau Viaduct is not straight because a straight road could render a floating sensation as you drive across it. So, as a remedy, a slight curve was introduced in the design. The road has a slight incline of 3% to improve visibility and to reassure the driver.