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Baluarte Bridge, Mazatlan

Categories: Bridges, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • the bridge is one of the biggest in the world and i would say most beautiful to look at. there is a stop in the side of the road where you can get off and take pics. 
  • The road from Durango to Mazatlan is not the greatest, but it's worth to take this trip! Pay attention before you get there bc you can pull over for pictures in an area with some tents and food vendor...  read more »
  • The view is amazing and wonderful. It would be great that there was a lookout for Park and admire the Majesty of the same. Although there are vehicles that are stopped, I think it is dangerous to do so.
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  • Q Bellesa de arquitectura
  • The best thing for Mexico
  • Biggest bridge I ever seen in my life! Beautiful scenery of the mountains and forest.
  • Impresionante
  • i am learning about this