China's 26.4-mile (42 km) long Jiaozhou Bay Bridge connecting Huangdao District, downtown Qingdao and Hongdao Island, is the world longest bridge over water. It is opened up to traffic on 30 June 2011.
The bridge cost 1.5 billion and took more than four years to build. According to the engineering-in-chief, the typhoon and earthquake-proof S-shape bridge is designed to withstand the impact of a 300,000-tonne vessel.
Reportedly it reduces travel time between downtown Qingdao and Huangdao from 1 hour to 30 minutes. One way toll fee for passenger car/pickup truck/minivan/any bus with less than 7 seats is $4.7 and an extra charge of $1.00 for round trip with 24 hours. Every 2 miles there is a service zone for vehicle towing, gas and food.
The bridge is also part of the China's National Interstate Highway G22.
In: Regional News, Science and Technology
Tags: China, world-longest, bay bridge, Jiaozhou, Interstate, G22
Location: Qingdao, Shandong, China (load item map)
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