China Opens World's Longest Sea Bridge

The Jiaozhou Bay bridge is 26 miles long
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 30, 2011 10:36 AM CDT
Updated Jul 3, 2011 11:10 AM CDT
This photo taken Tuesday, June 21, 2011 released by China's Xinhua news agency shows the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province.   (Yan Runbo)
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(Newser) – China has opened the world's longest cross-sea bridge. The Jiaozhou Bay bridge is 26 miles long and links China's eastern port city of Qingdao to the island of Huangdao. State-run CCTV says the 110-foot-wide bridge is the longest of its kind and cost more than $1.5 billion. The bridge passed construction appraisals on Monday, so the bridge and an undersea tunnel opened to traffic Thursday. The bridge, which is supported by more than 5,000 pillars, was built in four years.

Guinness World Records says the previous record holder for a bridge over water is the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana. The Chinese bridge is more than 2.5 miles longer.

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