The longest bridge in the world was inaugurated in China.
Perhaps the motto of the Chinese people is “Higher, Greater, Better”. At least, the latest engineering achievements prove this. The Qingdao Bridge in Shandong Province, considered the longest water bridge in the world, was put into operation today. The bridge connects the shores of Jiaozhou Bay in the Yellow Sea, with a length of 41.58 km. Construction of the bridge lasted four years, a relatively short term for such a project. About ten thousand workers worked on edification, and engineers used modern measurement technology, which allowed them to build it simultaneously on both sides. Of course, the expenses were as well. The cost of construction works amounts to about 9 billion US dollars.
Construction began nine years ago and was due in 2016, but there were many delays due to technical execution difficulties. The most complicated segment was the 6.7 km underground tunnel, which was made up of 33 huge items, each weighing 80,000 tons. The tunnel was built between two artificial islands of 100,000 sqm each. The construction of the bridge used 400,000 tons of steel, almost five times more than the famous Golden Gate in San Francisco.
In addition, the bridge was built to withstand super-typhoons, strong winds and lla seismas up to 8 degrees on the Richter scale. The Chinese authorities say the construction of this bridge is part of a plan to establish a special metropolitan area – Greater Bay Area – which would incorporate 11 coastal cities with 68 million inhabitants, including Macao and Hong Kong.
The Chinese say it will be much easier for those commuting between mainland China and island cities, as the journey times will be over four times smaller.
Hong Kong also has critical voices saying that transport links were already good and that there was no need for such a mega-bridge to which Hong Kong contributed a very high amount to the population: $ 9 billion.
Critics also say that this new bridge will bring the number of tourists to unimaginable odds and the city will be completely blocked. Hong Kong is visited annually by over 50 million people and rents are the largest in the world. In addition, car owners in Hong Kong will not be able to cross the bridge without a special permit, and those coming to Hong Kong will have to park somewhere in the harbour area and then travel with other means of transport, the city is already suffocated by traffic .
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