World’s Longest Bridge Opened During the 90th Anniversary of the CPC
In celebration of the Communist Party of China’s 90th anniversary, Jiaozhou Bay Bridge was opened with much fanfare even with reports circulating that it was still not ready to handle too much traffic. Considered the world’s longest bridge, at 42 kilometers long, the bridge links the Northern port city of Qingdao to the island of Huangdao.
Workers are still tightening the bolts holding the support facilities and lights have yet to be installed. Head of the Huangdao workstation Cai Jianjun said 99.5 percent of the work on the bridge had been completed though there were still small openings that needed to be fixed since these safety facilities required at least two months work to be finished.
The bridge opened without lighting and installation was delayed because of design problems. The lights were placed on the safety fences instead of traditional tall light poles that will help light up the bridges, especially during heavy fog. The bridge needs 60,000 lights and installation is said to be finished by August.
The bridge was opened at the eve of the Party’s 90th anniversary along with the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway. Despite the bridgework still needing completion, officials said before the opening of the bridge that it had passed all of its safety inspections by the safety authorities.