Lali Cable Bridge
The longest span cable-stayed span in Khouzestan in the southwest of Iran, the Lali Bridge carries an old road across the new reservoir formed by the massive new Gatwand Olya Dam. The roadway was briefly 150 meters above the Karun River in early 2011 before the lake began to fill up behind the dam. The river surface went from an elevation of 104 meters to 230 meters at a full reservoir. The Karun River has the greatest discharge of any river in Iran and is hence the most important power-producing waterway in the country.
The Karun River is very important in terms of water supply, agriculture, electricity generation, and water recreation. Various dams have been built on this river. The cable-stayed bridge and the suspension of the Lali are among the tourist attractions along this river. Today Lali Cable Bridge is one of the most beautiful and attractive recreational and scenic areas of the Lali city of Khuzestan. This bridge is the largest suspension bridge in Iran.
Construction of Lali Cable Bridge
The construction of this bridge is an alternative route from Masjed Soleiman to Lali, 15 km above the axis of Gotvand Dam because, in the stages of completing the construction of this dam, about 20 km of this route will be submerged. This cable-stayed bridge has a metal deck with concrete bases and pylons and wicker cables, which has been built by installing a combined shipping system at a height of 155 meters at the bottom of the Karun River.