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Millau Viaduct is the tallest bridge in the world. It’s located in southern France and crosses the River Tarn in the Massif Central mountains. It's one of the most spectacular bridges in the world. Taller than the Eiffel Tower, as well as being an engineering masterpiece, it also looks like a work of art - typical of the French. It opened in 2004 and was built across the Tarn valley to alleviate holiday traffic between France and Spain.

Its mast summit is at 343.0 metres (1,125 ft) above the base of the structure. The bridge it was inaugurated on 17 December 2004. The bridge is part of the A75-A71 autoroute from Paris to Béziers and Montpellier. This is not a route for cars towing heavy caravans, as there are several long and steep climbs and descents. It can get quickly blocked in winter, in the event of sudden heavy snowfalls which are not uncommon on the high ground.

 

Driving with high winds is particularly demanding for large vehicles such as trucks, buses and trailers. Their large surface, especially when the wind hits laterally, increase the risk of overturning. If traffic is not banned them altogether, there’s only one solution to avoid the accident: slow down and increase the safety distances. Light vehicles will need to exercise extreme vigilance when overtaking, especially heavyweight causing air calls and two wheels that can easily swerve. Again, slow is the best way to protect yourself.

The cost of the bridge was approximately 400 million euros. It holds the world record for the tallest bridge, at 343 metres (higher than the Eiffel tower) and it’s 2,460 metres long. It's one of the most spectacular bridges in the world. Looking down on clouds is to be expected from an airplane, but it’s a bit more unsettling in a car. Yet that’s often the sight when driving across this bridge, which is taller than the Eiffel Tower at its highest point.

 




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>Scenic drives in Norway. Norway has 18 carefully selected scenic drives both in terms of nature/panorama. 
>Romanian high altitude roads. Romania has some amazing roads, real tourist destinations by themselves. 
>Faroese challenging tunnels. Harrowing one lane tunnel on a 2 way road. Kind of frightening to drive through if you're not used to it.
>Highest accessible towns by car on Earth. Permanent settlements occupied year-round, accessible by car.
>The world's best road. The world's best road has just been announced: the N-222 from Peso de Regua to Pinhao in Portugal.
>Longest straight roads in the world. From point A to B in the fastest time possible, sometimes you need to cut corners.
>Highest tunnels in the world. After years of work in rarefied air and frigid temperatures at more than 4,000m, these tunnels are engineering marvels sure to impress anyone.
>The world's northernmost road ends. Get a reliable car, lots of food, water, matches, warm clothing, and gas.

 

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