Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge

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Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge
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Coordinates 31°35′52″N 120°27′25″E / 31.597837°N 120.456848°E / 31.597837; 120.456848
Carries Rail
Locale China’s Jiangsu province
Characteristics
Total length 164.8 kilometres (102.4 mi)
History
Construction start ca. 2006[1]
Construction end 2010
Opened 30 June 2011
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The Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge is a 164.8-kilometre (102.4 mi) long viaduct on the Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway.[2] It is the world's longest bridge.[3]

Bridge[edit]

The bridge is located on the rail line between Shanghai and Nanjing in East China’s Jiangsu province. It is in the Yangtze River Delta where the geography is characterized by lowland rice paddies, canals, rivers, and lakes. The bridge runs roughly parallel to the Yangtze River, about 8 to 80 km (5 to 50 mi) south of the river. It passes through the northern edges of population centers (from west to east) beginning in Danyang, Changzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou, and ending in Kunshan. There is a 9-kilometre long (5.6 mi) section over open water across Yangcheng Lake in Suzhou.[1]

It was completed in 2010 and opened in 2011. Employing 10,000 people, construction took four years and cost about $8.5 billion.[1] The Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest bridge in the world in any category as of June 2011.[3][4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Muhammad Farooq (September 12, 2011). "Danyang Kunshan Grand Bridge, the Longest Bridge". expertscolumn.com. Archived from the original on 18 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Chris Buckley (2017-06-10). "China's New Bridges: Rising High, but Buried in Debt China has built hundreds of dazzling new bridges, including the longest and highest, but many have fostered debt and corruption". Chishi, China: New York Times. p. A6. Archived from the original on 2017-06-10. China also has the world’s longest bridge, the 102-mile Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge, a high-speed rail viaduct running parallel to the Yangtze River, and is nearing completion of the world’s longest sea bridge, a 14-mile cable-stay bridge skimming across the Pearl River Delta, part of a 22-mile bridge and tunnel crossing that connects Hong Kong and Macau with mainland China. 
  3. ^ a b Longest bridge, Guinness World Records. Last accessed July 2011.
  4. ^ Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge on OSM
Records
Preceded by
Changhua-Kaohsiung Viaduct
World's longest bridge
2010 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
World's longest railway bridge
2010 – present