[photopress:Ningpo_bridge_Hangzhou_Bay.jpg,full,alignright]The longest sea-crossing bridge in the world is that which is extending across Hangzhou Bay. According to the Oriental Morning Post workers have placed the last reinforced girder onto the western part of the main channel of the cable-stayed bridge.
Chen Rufa, the chief engineer of the cross-sea bridge project, said, ‘The placing the last girder usually means the completion of construction of the navigation channel bridge’s main body.’
It won’t be totally finished until next June but when operating it will link Jiaxing and Ningbo cities. Thus it will shorten the distance between Shanghai and Ningbo in neighboring Zhejiang Province by 120 kilometers.
The Ningbo-Hangzhou Bay Bridge is 36-kilometers — think of it crossing the Channel at Dover — with an estimated investment of RMB14 billion.
It is much longer than those other wonders of the world, the 25.23-kilometer Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in the United States and the 25-kilometer Saudi Arabia Baharian Causeway which connects Saudi with Bahrian.
The six-lane bridge will have a speed limit of 100 kilometers-per-hour. It has been estimated that traffic will reach 45,000 vehicles a day during its first year of operation.
The bridge toll, planned to be RMB80, is now awaiting the approval of the Zhejiang government.
Source: Shanghai Daily