World’s longest sea bridge opens

By Helen Wright05 July 2011

The 42.5 km Qingdao Jiaozhou Bay Bridge opened to traffic on 30 June

The 42.5 km Qingdao Jiaozhou Bay Bridge opened to traffic on 30 June

China's 42.5 km long Qingdao Jiaozhou Bay sea bridge opened to traffic on 30 June, four years after construction began.

The sea bridge, which is said to be the longest in the world, was constructed by state-owned Shandong High Speed Group. It links Qingdao city in China's eastern Shandong province with Huangdao district on the west bank of Jiaozhou Bay. The three lane road bridge cost CNY 14.8 billion (US$ 2.3 billion) to construct.

Located on the southern coast of the Shandong Peninsula, it straddles Jiaozhou Bay and cuts the distance between Qingdao and Huangdao by 30 km.

However, the bridge will only hold the record of "longest sea bridge" for a few years. Construction is scheduled to start this year on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) - a 50 km, three dual lane carriageway sea bridge that will link China's southern Guangdong province with Hong Kong and Macau. The project is scheduled for completion in 2016.

Latest News
UN reviews global infrastructure construction
Researchers examine the economic benefits and environmental risks of road and rail projects
Aggreko to buy loadbank specialist
Aggreko and Crestich agree on £122 million offer
Lendlease Europe ‘halves emissions in one year’
Real estate and infrastructure firm cuts its Scope 1 and 2 carbon levels by 53%