Thursday 7 July 2011

Hangzhou Bay Bridge, World's longest trans-oceanic bridge

is a long highway bridge with a cable-stayed portion across Hangzhou Bay in the eastern coastal region of China. The marathon-length links the center of the booming port city of Ningbo in eastern China's Zhejiang province with the municipality of Jiaxing spanning the wide blue waters of Hangzhou Bay.

With a total length of 35.673 km (22 mi), the bridge is expected to carry over 30,000 cars a day and will cut the commute between the city of Qingdao and the sprawling suburb of Huangdao by between 20 and 30 minutes.

Including the engineering and technological development, the project took fourteen years at a cost of 55.5 billion pounds, and the sheer scale and location of the bridge meant that the 600 researchers and expert engineers needed to overcome many complex problems. They had to overcome the three biggest tides on Earth, the effect of typhoons and the difficult content of the sea soil. Read more, here.

A video report from China's CCTV News, here, outlines how the convenience of a faster route will boost economic activities in the region.

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