China has 4th Longest Bridge
By Peter Samuel
The 1,385m (4,544') Jiangyin suspension bridge over the Yangtze River in eastern Jiangsu province, officially opened at the end of September. Yangtze Bridge Co holds the operating rights for the Jiangyin. It is partially owned by several local governments and by the Hong Kong stock exchange-listed Jiangsu Expressway Co Ltd, having an 18% share.
Yangtze Bridge Co will charge a $2.00 (15 yuan) toll for private cars, a bit more than the $1.50 for the 20 minute ferry ride that was previously the only way to cross the river.
The suspension bridge cost $410m and it will be a key link in the national highway network that connects Heilongjiang province in the northeast to Hainan province in the far south. More directly it will provide a better link between Shanghai and Nanjing. The project will open up the less developed northern part of Jiangsu province.
Jiangsu is planning at least two more bridges over the Yangtze, one between the cities of Zhenjiang and Yangzhou and another in Nanjing,
Cleveland Bridge, a unit of Anglo-Norwegian engineering and construction firm Kvaerner, was the contractor for the main cables and superstructure of the bridge with David Climie the project manager. The bridge was finished within budget, on time and in line with quality standards, it is said.
In the length of its 1385m main span the Jiangyin bridge is behind the Japanese Akashi Kaikyo (1990m), the Danish Great Belt (1624m) and the British Humber (1410m) but ahead of the Hong Kong Tsing Ma (1377m), the US Verrazano (1300m) and Golden Gate (1280m) and the Swedish Hoga Kusten (1200m) to list the 8 longest main span bridges in the world. (Contact 44 171 973 2201)