The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge is a length of 42.5 km, the longest bridge built over water in the world. It was completed in January 2011 and connects the old city of Qingdao on the south coast of the Shandong Peninsula to the west of the Jiaozhoubucht city of Huangdao and shortens the connection to the airport and Qingdao Liuting . The opening and release to traffic took place on 30 June 2011.
The building was in a construction period of four years of at least 10,000 workers as a pre-stressed concrete bridge run. It was built about 450,000 tons of steel and 2.3 million tons of concrete. The company Maurer Söhne of Munich, built almost 200 bridge crossing expansion joints with a total compensation of 33.59 meters, a distance.
China is an example of a country that believes in making itself ready for the future!
When it comes to Chinese products nowadays, they make everything from a pin to the piano. With technological prowess to beat the most industrialised country in the world today, china is racing ahead in the rat race.
Indeed there is nothing that China does not specialise in. from the tallest tower to the fastest super computer, china has the knowhow to do anything it wants to try its hand at.
The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge is not just 26.4 miles long but it connects the mainland to one of its fastest growing suburbs. What does that translate into?
Well, to begin with, it will save 300,000 commuters between these two places a total travel area of whopping twenty miles. The traffic condition in China is deplorable with traffic jams even caused and not dissipated for more than a week, sometimes even up to ten days!
The bridge is made with a total of US $9 billion. Do you think it is doing this to create a world record of sorts? At least we do not think that way.
China is heavily investing in its infrastructure so that it is able to support its rising middle class as well its burgeoning manufacturing and construction industry. With a car ownership that adds 1900 cars each day, China definitely needs infrastructure to support its population’s penchant for owning cars and how!
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The design of the bridge comes from the company Shandong Gaosu Group, China . The buildings are designed so that they earthquake of intensity 8, typhoons should be able to defy and ship collisions. The traffic is managed in each direction to three lanes.