Qingdao Haiwan Bridge – The longest bridge

Throughout the centuries, civil engineering has been something capable of showing off humanity’s creativity and genius. It’s amazing how, since the beginning of time, people all around the world have been capable of overcoming their limits, and the limits of gravity, weather, wars, and diversities.

architectural works like Colosseo in Rome, the Pyramid in Egypt, and the Wall of China are amazing proof of what humanity is capable of when they work together, use their brain, and craft.

Can the Modern Age compete with such amazing proofs of human genius? Yes, it can. And the Qingdao Bridge is the perfect example.

The Qingdao Bridge

Saying that the Qingdao Bridge is one of the longest bridges in the world is not enough to explain how great and astonishing this engineering project is.

Located in China’s Shandong province (East China), the bridge is articulated in many branches for a total length of 42.58 km. (or .84 miles). If you can’t figure out how long 42,5 are, know that you could run an entire marathon without putting a foot off the Qingdao Haiwan Bridge. The longest continuous branch is 25.9 km (16.1 miles) long!

Furthermore, the Qingdao Bridge rises above the Jiaozhou Bay and connects the city of Qingdao with the Hungdao suburbs on the other side of the bay: its branches wind above the water providing a unique experience when you drive on it!

The bridge can carry over 30,000 cars per day cutting the drive between the suburbs around the bay by 20-30 minutes.

The Qingdao Bridge: the construction

It took 4 years and 10,000 workers to build the bridge. The resources put in place during construction are astonishing. Other than the human resources we’ve already mentioned, 3 million cubic yards of concrete and 450,000 tons of steel have been utilized to build the longest bridge in the world that stands on water. Such an outflow of resources costs $8.6 billion!

Advanced technology

Building a bridge – a long bridge – over water is not the same as building it on solid earth. There are many more factors to take into account. The team guided by the Shandong Gasou Group has been capable of designing a bridge that can withstand typhoons, earthquakes, and even the impact of vessels (up to 300,000 tons!).

Qingdao Haiwan Bridge: records

Such outstanding work of engineering broke more than one record.

We’ve already mentioned that it’s one of the longest bridges in the world. When its construction was completed in 2011, it actually was the longest bridge built over the water in the world. The record was broken in 2018 by the Hong-Kong-Zhuhai Bridge.

But there are other records that are still holding:

  • The Qingdao Haiwan Bridge had the first overseas interchange in the world
  • It has the largest number of overseas concrete piles.

Conclusion

Other than an amazing work of engineering, for its shape and location, the Qingdao Haiwan Bridge looks like a work of art. When you stop and think about all the resources and knowledge put into place to build such an astonishing thing, you can’t help but be overwhelmed!

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