India · Travel Trivia

Bailey bridge in Ladhak – World’s highest bridge

Ladakh also known as bikers paradise is known for its beautiful landscapes, lakes, treks and many other things and probably this one is the most unheard of. Ladhak is home to the worlds highest bridge Bailey Bridge. It is located in the Ladakh valley between the Dras and Suru rivers in the Himalayan Mountains as an altitude of 5,602 meters (18,379 ft) above sea level. This 30 meter long bridge was constructed by Indian Army in August 1982.

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Bailey Bridge in Ladhak

The Bailey bridge is not the name given to the bridge rather is a type of portable, pre-fabricated, truss bridge. It was first developed by the British during World War II for military use and saw extensive use by British, Canadian and then by  American military engineering units. A Bailey bridge had the advantages of requiring no special tools or heavy equipment to assemble. The wood and steel bridge elements were small and light enough to be carried in trucks and lifted into place by hand, without requiring the use of a crane. The bridges were strong enough to carry tanks. Bailey bridges continue to be extensively used in civil engineering construction projects and to provide temporary crossings for foot and vehicle traffic.

 

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