Mala Rijeka Viaduct
|The Mala Rijeka Viaduct|
|Carries||1 rail track|
|Crosses||Valley of the Mala Rijeka River|
|Locale||Mala Rijeka River, Montenegro|
|Official name||Мост изнад Мале Ријеке/Most iznad Male Rijeke|
|Total length||498.8 m (1,636 ft)|
|Height||139 m (456 ft)|
|Longest span||150.8 m (495 ft)|
|Clearance below||198 m (650 ft)|
|Designer||Ljubomir Jevtovic (Engineers: Milivoje Kovacevic, Milorad Lukovic and Milorad Markovic)|
The project was started in 1969 and was completed in 1973. The viaduct is 498.8 metres (1,636 ft) long and at its highest is 200 metres (660 ft) above the Mala Rijeka (pronounced [mâːlaː rijɛ̌ka], meaning literally Little river). It is also the longest bridge on the Belgrade - Bar railway.
When constructed it was the highest railway bridge in the world surpassing the record height previously held by the Fades viaduct in France. It held the record until 2001 when the Beipan River Shuibai Railway Bridge (an arch bridge) was opened in Guizhou, China. Multiple railway bridges under construction in China will also be higher.
36,000 m³ of concrete and 100,000 tons of steel were built into the bridge. The largest of four pillars, upon which the bridge lies, has a base bigger than a tennis court. Belgian extreme sportsman Cedric Dumont was the first person ever to base jump from the bridge (on September 11, 2008).
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