|While the British managed to build a footbridge that wobbled, the French have managed to build this magnificent structure, now the tallest bridge in the world. What is all the more amazing is that the bridge was privately built and owned (much like many of the toll roads in France, and unlike the Brits' wobbly bridge), cost a mere US$520m and was built on budget and on time.|
In describing the unique and daring method by which it was built - with construction conducted simultaneously from each end with the two ends meeting up in the middle according to absolutely precise calculations - the BBC referred to it as a "a leap of engineering faith". Wrong again. This was pure reason at its very greatest.