World's Longest Sea Bridge in China

China has opened the world's longest cross-sea bridge on June 30, 2011.

The Jiaozhou Bay bridge is 26 miles (42 kilometers) long and links China's eastern port city of Qingdao to the island of Huangdao.

State-run CCTV says the 110-foot (35-meter)-wide bridge is the longest of its kind and cost more than 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion). The bridge passed construction appraisals on Monday and the bridge and an undersea tunnel opened to traffic on Thursday on June 30, 2011. The bridge is supported by more than 5,000 pillars was built in four years.

Guinness World Records says the previous record holder for a bridge over water is the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana. The Chinese bridge is more than 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) longer.

World's Longest Sea Bridge in China
Aerial view of the Jiaozhou Bay bridge on June 29. Linking China's eastern port city of Qingdao to an offshore island, Huangdao, it is the world's longest cross-sea bridge at over 26 miles.

World's Longest Sea Bridge in China
Part of the Jiaozhou Bay bridge.

World's Longest Sea Bridge in China
Construction work on the Jiaozhou Bay bridge on June 1. The bridge opened on June 30 after more than four years of building work.

World's Longest Sea Bridge in China
The Jiaozhou Bay bridge during construction on January 6. The bridge is expected to carry over 30,000 cars a day and will cut the commute between the city of Qingdao and the sprawling suburb of Huangdao by between 20 and 30 minutes.

Video of world's longest sea bridge opened in China

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