Widest bridge in Wuhan to open new path for port economy
A new bridge that runs across the Yangtze River will officially open to traffic in Wuhan, Hubei provincial capital, in early December, which will play an important role in further promoting the development of the port economy along the country's largest river in the central metropolis.
The bridge, called Qingshan Bridge, will also help Wuhan construct a modern logistics base in central China when the city's inland river ports, airport, bonded zones, chemical, logistics and industrial development parks are better connected by the new bridge in the months ahead, the city authorities said.
The project, which passed acceptance examination and inspection at the beginning of November, is Wuhan's 11th bridge across the Yangtze River and the first bridge to open to traffic after COVID-19 was put under control in the city. It has added a new iconic structure to the city, a transportation hub in central China.
The two-way bridge, which is 48-meters-wide and includes eight lanes and another two emergency lanes on both sides, will become the widest bridge that runs across Yangtze River in Wuhan, according to Li Yong, the project chief engineer.
The bridge tower is 279.5-meters-tall, equivalent to a 100-storey skyscraper. And it is now the highest A-shaped bridge tower in the world.
Xu Gongyi, chief designer of the bridge, said there is no load-bearing beam under the steel beam of the main bridge, which is called full floating structure.
"It is now the largest span cable-stayed bridge that has been completed in the world," Xu said.
The cable-stayed bridge whose construction started in 2015 is designed to be able to handle speed of 120 kilometers an hour.
It takes only 50 seconds for vehicles to cross the Yangtze River via the 1.638-kilometer-long main bridge. It is the highest speed passage that runs across the Yangtze River in Wuhan
The project can resist force 19 gale and the damage caused by earthquake.
Located near the city's 800,000-metric-ton ethylene chemical industrial zone and the foreign trade harbor of Wuhan Iron and Steel (Group) Corp, the bridge will be the main passage for heavy haul vehicles to run cross the Yangtze River in the future.