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China to build world's longest cable-stayed viaduct
Updated: 2008-12-14 22:14

HANGZHOU -- Construction on a cable-stayed viaduct spanning over east China's Qiantang River began on Sunday in the Zhejiang Province.

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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.