China debuts the world’s tallest bridge; as tall as a skyscraper

The Beinpanjiang Bridge in China is now open to traffic. At more than 1,850 feet tall, it is the world's tallest bridge, officials said. Screen shot courtesy CCTV News

BEIJING, Dec. 30 (UPI) — China has just opened the world’s tallest bridge to traffic, connecting two mountainous provinces and significantly reducing travel time for local residents.

The Beipanjiang Bridge soars more than 1,853 feet above the Baipanjiang Valley. It is roughly as tall as a 200-story building.

The bridge connects Guizhou and Yunnan provinces in southwest China. CCTV reports it will reduce the travel time between the two provinces from five hours to 90 minutes. Construction of the bridge began in 2013 and cost about 1 billion yuan, or $143 million.

The Beipanjiang Bridge overtook another Chinese bridge, the Sidu River Bridge in Hubei province, as the world’s tallest.

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