Jiashao Bridge Named World’s Longest Cable-Stayed Bridge
China has already built the world’s largest building and now the country also has the world’s longest cable stayed bridge. Chinese media is calling Jiashao Bridge the worlds longest and widest multi-tower cable stayed bridge.
Jiashao Bridge is an eight lane structure spanning 10 kilometers across Hangzhou Bay which connects Zhejiang Province cities of Jiaxing and Shaoxing. Residents crossing the bridge are charged 40 yuan per trip. Drivers were excited as they were lining up for three hours before the opening to be the first ones to cross the bridge. Traveling o Shanghai from Shaoxing usually takes a three hour drive, taking the bridge travel time is now an hour and a half.
The construction of Jiashao Bridge started in December of 2008 when the nearby Hangzhou Bay Bridge started to become congested. The new bridge will play a significant role in promoting cooperation and competition in the region. There are many cable stayed bridges in China that are usually measured and ranked by distance between the suspension towers.