The Sutong Yangtze River Bridge
(; ) is a cable-stayed bridge
that spans the Yangtze River
, a satellite city of Suzhou
, in Jiangsu
province. With a span of , it is the cable-stayed bridge with the longest
main span in the world . Its two side spans are each, and there are also four small cable spans. The bridge received the 2010 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award (OCEA) from the American Society of Civil Engineers
., American Society of Civil Engineers
, Reston, VA, March 25, 2010.
Two towers of the bridge are high and thus the second tallest in the world. The total bridge length is . Construction began in June 2003, and the bridge was linked up in June 2007. The bridge was opened to traffic on 25 May 2008 Construction has been estimated to cost about US$1.7 billion.
The completion of the bridge makes the commute between Shanghai and Nantong, previously a four-hour ferry ride, shorten to about an hour.
It brings Nantong one step closer to becoming an important part of the Yangtze River Delta
economic zone, and has further attracted foreign investors into the city. The bridge is also pivotal in the development of poorer northern Jiangsu regions.
The tower is an inverted Y-shaped reinforced concrete... Read More