With yesterday’s inauguration, the Baluarte Bridge in Mexico is officially the Guinness World Record holder for the tallest cable-stayed bridge.
The massive infrastructure project consists of 152 steel suspenders supporting over 1100 meters of 20 meter wide roadway, with a central span of over 520 meters. Its four lanes are held up by two massive towers which suspend the roadway over 1,300 feet above the river gorge below - tall enough to house the Eiffel Tower, and giving the bridge its record-breaking credentials.
The $1.42 billion project is 86 percent complete, and will be finished by the end of January. The bridge spans a deep ravine in northern Mexico, and the achievement comes soon after the country’s bicentennial celebration of independence from Spain.
“It is definitely one of the most impressive infrastructure projects. It is a key piece of Mazatlan and Durango – a project that is going to unite the people from the north of Mexico like never before,” said Felipe Calderon, Mexico’s President.
More than 4 years in the making, the project is intended to provide a more direct route through the ‘Devil’s Backbone,’ as the area is known. Critics say that the bridge will open up a new ‘drug superhighway’, allowing marijuana and other narcotics to be more easily transported through the area’s mountainous region. Officials, however, insist the project will benefit the local communities.
BALUARTE BRIDGE INAUGURATION