Sutong Yangtze River Bridge

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Sutong Bridge

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Coordinates31°47′22″N 121°0′8″E / 31.78944°N 121.00222°E / 31.78944; 121.00222Coordinates: 31°47′22″N 121°0′8″E / 31.78944°N 121.00222°E / 31.78944; 121.00222
CarriesG15 Shenyang–Haikou Expressway
CrossesYangtze River
LocaleNantong / Changshu, Jiangsu, China
Total length8,206 m (26,923 ft)
Height306 m (1,004 ft)
Longest span1,088 m (3,570 ft)
Clearance below62 m (203 ft)
Construction startJune 2003
Construction costUS$1.7 billion.
OpenedMay 25, 2008; 13 years ago (2008-05-25)

The Sutong Yangtze Bridge (Chinese: 苏通长江大桥; Wu pronunciation: [sutʰoŋ dadʒɔ], pinyin: Sūtōng Chángjiāng Dàqiáo) is a cable-stayed bridge that spans the Yangtze in China between Nantong and Changshu, a satellite city of Suzhou, in Jiangsu province.

Design and construction[edit]

With a span of 1,088 metres (3,570 ft), it was the cable-stayed bridge with the longest main span in the world in 2008-2012. Its two side spans are 300 metres (980 ft) 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.[1][2]

Two towers of the bridge are 306 metres (1,004 ft) high and thus the fifth tallest in the world. The total bridge length is 8,206 metres (26,923 ft). Construction began in June 2003, and the bridge was linked up in June 2007. The bridge was opened to traffic on 25 May 2008[3] and was officially opened on 30 June 2008.[4] Construction has been estimated to cost about US$1.7 billion.

The completion of the bridge shortens the commute between Shanghai and Nantong, previously a four-hour ferry ride, to about an hour.[5] It brings Nantong one step closer to becoming an important part of the Yangtze 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 structure with one connecting girder between tower legs. The bridge deck is a steel box girder with internal transverse and longitudinal diaphragms and fairing noses at both sides of the bridge deck. The total width of the bridge deck is 41 metres including the fairing noses.

The construction of Zhaodian-Huangdu Section of Nantong-Shanghai Railway was commenced in March 2014. Following the completion of subgrade, bridges, mainline track-laying, and “communication, signal, power and electrification” works, the integrated commissioning & test began on 20 April 2020 [6]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bridging a Great Divide - The Sutong Yangtze River Bridge holds the record for the World’s Longest Cable-Stayed Bridge Wins Prestigious U.S. Civil Engineering Award Archived 2011-07-25 at the Wayback Machine, American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, VA, March 25, 2010.
  2. ^ "Transportation". AECOM. Archived from the original on 2010-01-02. Retrieved 2010-04-02.
  3. ^ Sutong Bridge Opens to Traffic. Retrieved 2009-12-11. Archived January 31, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ 苏通长江大桥正式通车 建设创四项世界纪录 Archived 2008-07-03 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
  5. ^ Erik Sofge (December 10, 2009). "The Top 5 Engineering Projects of 2009". Popular Mechanics. Archived from the original on December 13, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
  6. ^ "China: Nantong-Shanghai Railway starts trial operation" Check |url= value (help). UIC e-News #China: Nantong-Shanghai Railway starts trial operation. Retrieved 2020-06-29.

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