Well, the title no way attempts to compare this awesome structure with the legacy of The Great Wall, but this one is no mean feat either, by any standard.
The 26.4 miles (approx. 42 km) long Jiaozhou Bay Bridge in China running accross the Jiaozhou Bay connecting Oingdao and Huangdao was opened to traffic on 30th of June 2011. With that, the bridge entered the Guinness Book of World records for being the longest Cross-Sea bridge in the Globe by breaking the previous one held by the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in US which is approx. 24 miles long.
China already holds the world record for the longest rail bridge which is the astounding … hold your breath … 102 miles long Danyang-Kunshan rail bridge. The country is estimated to host seven out of the ten longest bridges in the world.
Further, work on a 31 mile long similar bridge is already in progress in Guandong in China which, according to reports floating around the web, is the next candidate for the record books in it’s category.
The cost of the bridge is said to be about $2.3 billion. However, several cost figures were mentioned in various news reports.
Some of the salient features of the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge as mentioned in various sources are: The no. of lanes — six, width — 110 foot, no. of supporting columns — over 5200, steel consumed — approx. 0.45 million tons, concrete consumed — approx. 2.3 million cubic metres.
Note: This article was published by me on July 5th, 2011 in an old blog of mine, the link to which is http://newsboulevard.wordpress.com/2011/07/05/the-great-bridge/