Xihoumen Bridge

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Xihoumen Bridge
西堠门大桥
Xihoumen Bridge in Zhoushan.jpg
Xihoumen Bridge
Carries China Expwy G9211 sign no name.svg Yongzhou Expressway
Crosses Hangzhou Bay
Locale Jintang Island and Cezi Island, Zhejiang province,  People's Republic of China
Design Suspension bridge
Height 211 m (692 ft)
Longest span 1,650 m (5,413 ft)
Construction end 16 December 2007
Opened 25 December 2009
Coordinates 30°03′42.00″N 121°54′22.90″E / 30.0616667°N 121.9063611°E / 30.0616667; 121.9063611Coordinates: 30°03′42.00″N 121°54′22.90″E / 30.0616667°N 121.9063611°E / 30.0616667; 121.9063611

The Xihoumen Bridge (simplified Chinese: 西堠门大桥; traditional Chinese: 西堠門大橋) is a suspension bridge built on the Zhoushan Archipelago, the largest offshore island group in China. The main span was completed in December 2007. [1] The entire bridge, along with Jintang Bridge, was opened to traffic on a test basis on 25 December 2009. [2] It is the second-longest suspension bridge ranked by the length of the centre span. The opening date was put off because of a ship collision on 16 November 2009 that slightly damaged the side of Jintang Bridge.

The Xihoumen Bridge under construction (2007)

The 5.3-kilometre-long suspension bridge connection has a 2.6-kilometre-long main bridge with a central span of 1,650 metres. The approaches total 2.7 kilometres. When it opened, there was only one bridge with a larger span, the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge in Japan. However, there are several other bridges planned or under construction that will also be larger.

The bridge was built by the province of Zhejiang, at a cost of 2.48 billion yuan (approximately US$363 million). Construction began in 2005, and the first traffic crossed the bridge on 25 December 2009, at 11:58 p.m., local time.

The Xihoumen Bridge links Jintang and Cezi islands. Another bridge, the 27-kilometer-long cable-stayed Jintang Bridge, links Jintang Island and Zhenhai of Ningbo. The two bridges are the second phase of a huge project started in 1999 to link the Zhoushan Archipelago to the mainland with five bridges. Construction of the other three bridges has been completed.

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