Xihoumen Bridge

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Xihoumen Bridge
Xihoumen Bridge in Zhoushan.jpg
Xihoumen Bridge
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
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

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 bridges planned with larger spans.

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.


  1. ^ "World's Longest Suspension Bridge with Steel Box Beams Opens to Traffic". The People's Government of Zhejiang Province. 2007-12-18. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  2. ^ "IABSE Workshop 2009 with Chinese Bridge Tour - Recent Major Bridges]" (PDF). 

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