The World’s Longest Sea Bridge Opens in China

by Owen James Burke

The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, the world’s new longest sea bridge, has opened this week in China after 4 years and $1.5 billion (10 billion Chinese yuan) of construction funding, according to state-run CCTV; though some estimates run as high as $8.8 billion.

The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge is 6 lanes, 110 feet wide and 26.4 miles long (42 km), connecting the eastern port city of Qingdao to the suburb of Huangdao. 30,000 people are expected to cross the bridge daily, saving an average of 30 minutes for daily commuters. The bridge will be free to cross during its first month, but a toll of about $7.70 (50 yuan) will soon be in place.

The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge surpasses the previous longest over-water bridge of the Louisiana Pontchartrain Causeway in the United States by 2.5 miles. Eleven of the world’s fifteen longest bridges now exist in China.

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