China, which seems to complete mammoth infrastructure projects on a routine basis, has claimed another world-beater with the opening of the longest sea bridge.
With a price tag of at least $1.5 billion, the Jiaozhou Bay bridge is 2.5 miles longer than Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Apparently, this project was 21 years in the making, 17 of those years it took to plan (particularly due to high salt content and the icy winter seas) and then it took 4 years to actually build.
At nearly 24 miles, the causeway is plenty long.
The bridge is expected to carry over 30,000 cars a day and will cut the commute between the city of Qingdao and the sprawling suburb of Huangdao by between 20 and 30 minutes.
China has broken quite a few infrastructure records lately. It now has the longest high-speed rail line in the world, five of the ten tallest towers in progress in the world, and plans for theworld’s largest city.
World’s longest bridges
102.4 miles: Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge, China (rail)
70.6 miles: Tianjin Grand Bridge, China (rail)
49.5 miles: Weinan Weihe Grand Bridge, China (rail)
33.5 miles: Bang Na Expressway, Thailand (road)
29.9 miles: Beijing Grand Bridge, China (rail)
26.4 miles: Qingdao Haiwan Bridge, China (road) – longest bridge over water
23.8 miles: Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, USA (road)
22.8 miles: Manchac Swamp bridge, USA (road)
22.2 miles: Yangcun Bridge, China (rail)
22.1 miles: Hangzhou Bay Bridge, China (road)