Saturday 20 January 2018

A bridge so far...

AS if rising from the clouds, the world's longest sea bridge -- the latest marvel of modern Chinese engineering -- opened for traffic yesterday.

The 26.4-mile span stretches across the waters of Jiaozhou Bay and connects the northern port city of Qingdao with an airport built on a nearby island and the industrial suburb of Huangdao.

The first motorists to roll on to the Y-shaped bridge's six-lane, 110ft-wide highway halved their journey time to just 30 minutes.

Built in four years at a cost of €1.57bn, at least 10,000 workers toiled around the clock, working on the bridge from opposite sides of the bay.

The bridge has eclipsed the previous world record, which was held by the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana, by more than two-and-a-half miles.

However, it in turn will be beaten in 2016 by another Chinese bridge, which is being built to link Hong Kong with Macau and Guangdong province and will be about 30 miles long. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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