China once agian created history and fills the news. The communist giant has unveiled the world’s longest sea bridge, which stretches a massive 26.4 miles, longer than a marathon!
The Qingdao Haiwan Bridge, completed recently, links the main urban area of Qingdao city, East China’s Shandong province, with Huangdao district. The bridge took four years and cost 5.5 billion dollar to build. This will be opened in the New Year. This new Chinese wonder is almost three miles longer than the previous record-holder, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana. With an overall length of 42.58km, the route between Qingdao and Huangdao will be shortened by 30km, cutting the travel time by about 20 minutes.
However, the colossal construction is set to hold the record as the longest sea bridge only for a few years – and it will be bettered by another Chinese bridge in the next decade.
A new bridge is coming to link southern Guangdong province with Hong Kong and Macau.
Set to be completed in 2016, officials say the 6.5billion dollar bridge will span nearly 50km (30 miles).
The bridge will be a six-lane expressway that can handle earthquakes up to magnitude 8.0, strong typhoons and the impact of a 300,000 tonne vessel, said Zhu Yongling, one of the officials leading the project.
Even when constructed that structure will be dwarfed by the longest bridge in the world, which is also in China. The Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge, also Chinese, is an astonishing 102 miles in length.