Mexico Receives Guinness Record For Highest Suspension Bridge

Published January 06, 2012

| EFE

President Felipe Calderon on Thursday received a Guinness record certifying a suspension bridge in western Mexico as the world's highest.

The honor was bestowed on the Baluarte Bicentennial Bridge, which is supported by 152 steel suspenders, has a central, cable-stayed span of 520 meters (1,705 feet), a total length of 1,124 meters (3,685 feet) and a width of 19.8 meters (65 feet).

Built at a world-record structural height of 403.4 meters (1,320 feet), its four lanes extend over a jagged stretch of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range known as the Devil's Backbone, which links Durango and the neighboring coastal state of Sinaloa.

The bridge is part of the Durango-Mazatlan highway, built at a cost of more than 20 billion pesos ($1.46 billion) and the most significant road project during Calderon's six-year term, which began in December 2006, the transportation ministry said in a statement.

The Baluarte Bicentennial Bridge will have a price tag of 2.18 billion pesos ($158.7 million).
The span is nearly 86 percent complete and is scheduled to be finished by the end of January.

Calderon supervised construction work on the bridge Thursday along with the governors of Sinaloa and Durango and said that it will provide an economic boost to both states.

"With developments in infrastructure, we'll continue to achieve the targets established during my term," the president said.

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