World’s Longest Sea Bridge

Jiaozhou Bay Bridge is the longest cross-sea bridge in the world

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Weekend Image Post – Jiaozhou Bay Bridge

Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, also called the Qingdao Gulf Bridge, is the world’s longest cross-sea bridge. It opened to traffic on Jun 30, 2011 in Qingdao in eastern China’s Shandong Province. The 26 mile long bridge across Jiaozhou Bay has taken four years to complete, and links China’s eastern port city of Qingdao with two offshore islands of Huangdao and Hongdao.

Some information about the bridge:

The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge is the longest cross-sea bridge in the world.
The bridge is 25.84 miles (41.58 kilometres) long.
Spanning across Jiaozhou Bay, it links China’s eastern port city of Qingdao with two offshore islands of Huangdao and Hongdao.
The bridge will shorten the distance between the two places by 30 km, cutting travel time down from over 40 minutes to around 20 minutes.
It is 35 metres wide, carrying six lanes. It is expected to carry over 30,000 cars a day.
Construction began in May 2007 and employed at least 10,000 people. It took more than four years to complete.
The bridge is supported by more than 5,000 pillars, and 450,000 tons of steel and 2.3 million cubic metres of concrete were used in the construction.
It costs more than 10 billion yuan (US$1.5 billion).
It is designed to be able to withstand severe earthquakes, typhoons, and collisions with ships.
It has a life expectancy of a hundred years.

In our weekend image blog post we publish ten breathtaking images of the worlds longest sea bridge.

1 A band plays during the opening ceremony on June 30, 2011.
– Reuters/China Daily

2 Qingdao Jiaozhou Bay Bridge in Qingdao on June 30, 2011.
– Xinhua/Fan Changguo

3 Photo taken on June 27, 2011 shows the toll gate of Jiaozhou Bay bridge in Qingdao.
– Xinhua/Li Ziheng

4 A sign that reads: “Shandong Highway Corp. invests to operate Shandong Highway Jiaozhou Bay Bridge” is seen at Qingdao Jiaozhou Bay Bridge in Qingdao June 27, 2011.
– Reuters/China Daily

5 This photo taken June 21, 2011 released by China’s Xinhua news agency shows the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge in Qingdao.
– AP Photo/Xinhua, Yan Runbo

6 Qingdao Jiaozhou Bay Bridge is seen in Qingdao in this general view taken June 27, 2011.
– Reuters/China Daily

7 The eastern Chinese port of Qingdao can be seen through the world’s longest bridge.
– Press Association

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10 The first cars make the 26 mile journey from the eastern Chinese port to the offshore island of Huangdao.
– Press Association

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Jiaozhou Bay Bridg
Jiaozhou Bay Bridge is a roadway bridge in eastern China’s Shandong province. It transects Jiaozhou Bay, connecting Huangdao District, the city of Qingdao and Hongdao Island (the bridge is “T” shaped with 3 entry/exit points). Opened on 30 June 2011, it reduces the road distance between Qingdao and Huangdao.
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