Aizhai Bridge in China: World’s highest, longest valley suspension bridge opens (Photo)

By on Apr 5, 2012 in Amazing, Asia, Technology, World Comments
Aizhai Bridge: Worlds largest cross-canyon suspension bridge in Hunan, China

Aizhai Bridge
Image Credit: Imaginechina/Corbis

Aizhai bridge, reportedly the world’s highest and longest tunnel-to-tunnel valley suspension bridge, in Hunan province, central China was opened to traffic last March 31, 2012. (View other Aizhai bridge photos by clicking here)

Reports say that the Aizhai suspension bridge links two tunnels that are 1,176 meters apart. Aizhai bridge carries traffic at an elevation of 355 meters from the bottom of the Dehang Canyon.

The Aizhai bridge was built to decongest the traffic in the narrow, steep and winding roads of the mountainous region. It was now part of an expressway that connects the southwest China‘s Chongqing Municipality and Changsha City in Hunan. Reports say that the Aizhai bridge minimized travel time between the two cities from several days to just eight hours.

The construction of the Aizhai bridge was started in October 2007 and completed the main sections in 2011.

Driving along the Aizhai bridge provides a good view of the Dehang Canyon.

Reports say that with the help of around 1,888 lights along the Aizhai bridge, pedestrians were able to walk across using a special walkway.

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