THE bridge spanning across the Hangzhou Bay, connecting two Zhejiang province cities of Jiaxing and Shaoxing, has been completed and will soon open to traffic, reducing travel time from Shaoxing to Shanghai by nearly half, Xinhua reports.
Starting construction in late 2008, the bridge is the second one crossing Hangzhou Bay after the Hangzhou Bay Bridge, costing about CNY13.9 billion (US$2.23 billion) to build. The section over water is 10 kilometres long and has a design speed of 100 kilometres per hour. The section over the navigational channel is 2,680 metres long and can allow containerships of 3,000 tonnes to cross below it.
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