China has opened the world’s longest sea bridge
After four years of construction, China opened the world’s longest sea bridge, the Jiaozhoy Bay Bridge. It’s 26.4 miles long and links the port city of Qingdao to the island of Huangdao.
Stretching across the wide blue waters of Jiaozhou bay, the vast Y-shaped bridge connects the booming Northern port city of Qingdao with an airport built on a nearby island and the industrial suburb of Huangdao.
The first motorists to roll onto the bridge’s six-lane, 110ft-wide, highway halved their journey time to the other side of the bay to just 30 minutes.
Built in just four years at a cost reported by the Chinese state media yesterday as £1.42 billion the bridge stands on 5,200 pillars and was entirely designed by Chinese engineers at the Shandong Gausu Group.
The world’s longest sea bridge deconstructed:
Length: 26.4 miles (almost 3 miles longer than the previous record holder)
Width: Six-lane expressway
Capacity: Expected to carry over 30,000 cars a day
Tensile strength: Able to withstand earthquakes of 8.0 magnitudes on the Richter scale, strong typhoons and the impact of a 300,000 tonne vessel
Made up of: 450,000 tonnes of steel and 2.3 million cubic metres of concrete, supported by 5,200 columns
Built by: More than 10,000 workers
Built in: Four years
Importance: Reduces the distance between Quingdao city and the Huangdao district by around 18 miles