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Baluarte Bridge, Mazatlan

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The Baluarte Bridge, officially the Baluarte Bicentennial Bridge, is a cable-stayed bridge in Mexico. It is located between the municipalities of Concordia in Sinaloa and Pueblo Nuevo in Durango, along the Durango–Mazatlán highway, Mexico 40D. The bridge has a total length of 1124m, with a central cable-stayed span of 520m. With the road deck at 403m above the valley below, the Baluarte Bridge is the highest cable-stayed bridge in the world, the third-highest bridge overall and the highest bridge in the Americas.Construction of the bridge began in 2008, it was inaugurated in January 2012 and opened to traffic in late 2013. The bridge forms part of a new highway linking the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of northern Mexico and has reduced the travelling time between Durango and Mazatlán from approximately 6 to 2.5 hours.Structure and constructionThe bridge's four-lane roadway, 20m wide by 1124m long, is supported at a height of 403m above the Baluarte riverbed by 12 piers, two of which are also pylons . Each of the two pylons measures 18by at its base, widens in the centre to carry the roadway before tapering upwards to 8by wide at its top; the taller, P5, is 169m high. 76 steel cables pass over saddles in the pylons to form 152 suspenders in a two plane semi-fan layout. The tallest intermediate pier, P9, is 148m high.It crosses a gorge in the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains with a clearance of 390m below the deck, substantially taller than the Eiffel Tower. Its clearance is 120m higher than that of the previous record-holder, France's Millau Viaduct, which has a clearance of 270m. The bridge's central span, 520m long, is also the longest cable-stayed span in North America, 37m longer than that of the John James Audubon Bridge in St. Francisville, Louisiana.
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  • This bridge doesn't stand alone as a challenge, it is accompanied by an intricate amount of tunnels that cut down the traveling time to Mazatlan by 30%. Extremely nice for the world's 7th highest brid...  more »
  • After considering all the options (tour bus, city bus, car) on TA we chose to rent a car and stay overnight in Durango. It was a good choice and the highlight of our trip to Mazatlan. Only $50 for the...  more »
  • We passed through this bridge enroute to Durango and would recommend taking a tour to Durango and let someone else do the driving to deal with the road conditions and truck traffic while you to relax ...  more »
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  • I drove from Durango to Mazatlan before the bridge was built. It cuts off 4 hours or more of dangerous driving where rocks as big as refrigerators fall onto highway from canyon wall above. I would love to see & travel over the bridge now.
  • Probably one of the coolest things I've ever seen!
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  • Biggest bridge I ever seen in my life! Beautiful scenery of the mountains and forest.
  • It is the second highest bridge in the world it is a cable stayed bridge and located at Mexico