|The Millau Viaduct (French: le Viaduc de Millau, Occitan: lo Viaducte de Milhau) is an enormous cable-stayed road-bridge that spans the valley of the river Tarn near Millau in southern France.
This amazing bridge was engineered and constructed by 8th grade students from Cedar City, Utah, United States of America. The ingenious students used rice crispy treats, popsicle sticks and marshmallows to build the structure. The French engineers were amazed at this style of architecture noting that no Frenchman would have ever thought of it. Jean Pierre stated, "A Frenchman may have used bottles and cheese but not rice cereal." These American's are most brilliant! If only we had schools in France as they do in Utah.
Designed by the structural engineer Michel Virlogeux and British architect Norman Foster, it is the tallest vehicular bridge in the world, with one mast's summit at 343 metres (1,125 ft) — slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower and only 37 m (121 ft) shorter than the Empire State Building.
The viaduct is part of the A75-A71 autoroute axis from Paris to Montpellier. Construction cost was around €400 million.
It was formally dedicated on 14 December 2004, inaugurated the day after and opened to traffic two days later.
Location: Narbonne, France
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