The world’s longest bridge over a sea was opened for traffic on Thursday near the city of Qingdao on the east coast of China. Qingdao Haiwan Bridge has a total length of 42.4 km, could easily cross over the English Channel.Having an amazing architectural importance, the Qingdao Haiwan Bridge helps cut the distance between the two points by 30 km, a life saver in such a busy society like China’s, not to mention the touristic attraction. The 6 lane bridge is almost three miles longer than the previous record holder, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana. The major infrastructure project consisted of four years of labour and US$ 8.6 billion spent. The money went into 450,000 tons of steel, capable of withstanding a magnitude 8.0 earthquake. Built in the Jiaozhou river delta, the freshly finished remarkable structure is supposed to hold the record for only a few years, because the officials already announced they started working on another bridge, that links southern province of Guangdong with Hong Kong and Macau.
Finally if you’d like to see this amazing bridge in video be sure to check out the video below.
List of top 10 world’s longest bridges:
1. Danyang-Kunshan in China (railway) – 164.7 km
2. Tianjin Bridge China (railway) – 113.4 km
3. Weinan Bridge Weihai, China (railway) – 79.6 km
4. Bridge Bang Na, Thailand (road) – 53.9 km
5. Bridge Beijing, China (railway) – 48.1 km
6. Bridge Haiwan Qingdao, China (road) – world’s longest bridge over water) – 42.4 km
7. Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge, USA (road) – 38.3 km
8. Manchac Swamp Bridge, USA (road) – 38.3 km
9. Bridge Yangcun, China (railway) – 35.7 km
10. Bridge Hangzhou Bay Bridge, China (road) – 35.5 km