HANGZHOU -- Construction on a cable-stayed viaduct spanning over east China's Qiantang River began on Sunday in the Zhejiang Province.
By 2012, the bridge is expected to break the world record for length, which is held now by the French Millau bridge.
The Jia-Shao (Jiaxing-Shaoxing) bridge will have six piers supporting an 8-lane roadway. It is designed to span 2,680 meters, 220 meters longer than the French Millau bridge.
With a planned investment of nearly 14 billion yuan, it will be the second bridge built at Hangzhou Bay.
The Jia-Shao bridge will be a section on the national highway linking Shenyang with Haikou, capital of southernmost China's Hainan Province.