Top 10 Longest Bridges in China
10. Baling River Bridge
The Baling River Bridge was opened in 2009 and is China’s tenth longest bridge at 2,237 metres. It is also one of world’s highest bridges as it is suspended across the Baling River Valley between Kunming and Guiyang.
9. The Sutong Bridge
Located between Nantong and Changshu, the Sutong Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge which opened to the public in May, 2008. The addition of this bridge allowed travelers to exchange a four hour ferry ride for a single hour drive and opened up the area to investors, growing the region's economy.
8. Huangpu Bridge
At 7,016 metres in length, The Huangpu Bridge is not only one of China’s top ten longest bridges but, as of 2012, it is one of the world’s top twenty longest bridges. It is a combined suspension and cable stayed bridge.
7. Aizhai Bridge
The Aizhai suspension bridge is located near to Jishou Hunan in the north west of China. It is the sixth highest bridge in the world and no other bridge in China has a main span as long as Aizhai. In addition, it served as the site of 2012’s international BASE jumping festival.
6. Wuhan Yangluo Yangtze River Bridge
The Wuhan Bridge ties with San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate Bridge for eleventh place for world’s longest suspension bridge. It is the fourth bridge to be built over the Yangtze River and the third in recent years as part of a scheme to alleviate traffic on the First Bridge and to encourage commerce.
5. The Tsing Ma Bridge
This Hong Kong double decked suspension bridge takes its name from the islands on each of its sides, the eastern Tsing Yi and Ma Wan in the west. It has six lanes in total, along with a lower level which is used for maintenance and during severe typhoons - that close that upper deck.
4. The Jiangyin Bridge
Completed in 1997, The Jiangyin Bridge measures 3,071 metres and at the time of its opening in 1999, was the longest bridge in China; though it has since been surpassed. The build was scheduled to coincide with the 50 year anniversary of the Chinese Communist Revolution in 1947.
3. Fourth Nanjing Yangtze Bridge
The Fourth Nanjing Yangtze Bridge is located in the eastern coastal province of Jiangsu. It allows for numerous vehicles to cross the river Yangtze with its dual six lane carriageway and was designed for a maintained traffic speed up to 125 kilometres per hour.
2. Runyang Bridge
Measuring 7,210 metres in total, The Runyang Bridge complex is China’s second longest bridge due to its longest span of 1,490 metres. The Chinese name of the bridge can be translated as “Runyang Yangtze Bridge” or “Runyang Bridge over the Yangtze” but the simpler name “Runyang Bridge” is preferred by most technical translators (Link to Constructive Translations) This bridge complex is composed of two main bridges, one suspension which connects the northern city of Yangzhou with Zhenjiang on the southern side of the river and one cable-stayed bridge.
1. Xihoumen Bridge
Built on Zhoushan Archipelago, the largest offshore island group in China, the Xihoumen Bridge is a suspension bridge with the longest span, 1,650 metres. In 2009, the opening of the bridge was delayed by a month due a collision with a ship and so opened on 25th December.
UK Construction Week: winners revealed
The inaugural UKCW Construction Awards took place on the UKCW main stage this week at the NEC in Birmingham. The awards celebrate innovation and excellence for a range of large and small contractors architects, clients and suppliers. The winners were announced by architect George Clarke and main media partner Construction Buzz.
Contractor of 2019 - Sir Robert McAlpine
Construction Client of 2019 - Scape Group
Architectural Practice of 2019 - Grimshaw Architects
House Builder of 2019 - Swan Housing
Construction Supplier of 2019 - Ward
Construction Project of 2019 - Royal Opera House
Construction Employer of 2019 - Aylaa Exclusive
Digital Pioneer 2019 - Atkins
Modern Methods of Construction Pioneer 2019 - Mace
Production Innovation Award 2019 - Laing O'Rourke
Sir Robert McAlpine is celebrating its 150th anniversary and has stated: "Our 150th anniversary celebrations have been hard to miss on a number of sites across the country thanks to the presence of specially produced panels incorporated within our hoardings. This milestone year provided the opportunity to honour the vision and hard work of all those who have played their part in our long and successful history.
Nathan Garnett, event director at UK Construction Week, commented:
“We have wanted to host these awards for some time, but this year it was made possible by our industry Role Models who gave us their very honest and forthright views on who should receive these accolades.
“The businesses chosen as winners from a shortlist of more than 60 companies have convinced the toughest of judges – the people who are part of their delivery partners or supply chains, and the people who are inspiring others to join the construction industry.
“So it is great to be able to recognise the excellence we see all around us in this sector, and the businesses who are forging ahead on innovation despite the climate of uncertainty that is affecting construction so badly. They are beacons of light for the whole sector.”
UK Construction Week (UKCW) consists of multiple sections: Build, Building Tech, Civils, Energy & HVAC, Surface & Materials and Timber along with the newly launched Concrete Expo and Grand Designs Live. Next year's event takes place at Birmingham's NEC October 6-8.