Yan Zhe Li Hai Hong Li Bo Ao Xu



The Jinsha River rail–road double-deck arch bridge (bridge designed to 250 km/h) of the Chengdu–Guiyang high-speed railway (HSR) (designed to 350 km/h) is a complex system with a novel structure in China.

The upper deck carries a four-track railway while the lower deck carries a six-lane urban expressway, with a height difference of 32 m. The bridge is located in the mountainous river reach of the city of Yibin. The 336 m main span adopts a high-pier, rigid steel frame, parallel tied-arch structure, built using cantilevers and temporary stay cables with the cable crane method.

The 116 m and 120 m side-arches are reinforced concrete, simply-supported, basket-lifting tied-arches built by the mass cast in situ method. The rare layered structure gathers different arch types (top-bared, bottom-bared and half-through arches) into one bridge, which brought significant challenges to its design and construction.

Other innovative solutions included flexible hangers passing through rigid hangers for the layered stiffening decks, ultra-high-performance concrete for the steel orthotropic deck road pavement and the use of boat shipments to overcome the scarce availability of flat land at the site.

This paper describes some of the salient design and construction challenges of this landmark structure, the world’s first double-deck HSR arch bridge.


bridges railway tracks roads & highways