Beijing: China on Thursday opened the worlds longest cross-sea bridge that links two cities in Zhejiang Province, and which is also the first major privately-funded public infrastructure project in the communist country.
Private investors funded almost 30% of the project, which also cuts the length of the road trip from Shanghai to Ningbo, a busy port, by 120 kms and is designed to last 100 years.
The 36-km-long bridge has been described as a “Made-in-China” model in large infrastructure construction that fully uses homegrown technologies and demonstrates the country’s architectural expertise, official Xinhua news agency said.
Jin Jianming, Deputy Commander of the bridge construction project, said complicated climate conditions in Hangzhou Bay made the construction one of the most difficult in the world.
“That is the biggest difference from the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge in southern United States,” he said while referring to the 38.4-km bridge across Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, considered the world’s longest water-spanning structure.
The six-lane cross-sea bridge linking Haiyan, Jiaxing City, with Cixi, Ningbo City in Zhejiang Province that allows a maximum speed of 100 kms an hour was inaugurated by Zhenjiang, Secretary, Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China at a function held in the middle of the bridge.