Wuhan Bridge To Set Four Records

Friday, August 29, 2008 2:30

Fresh off the Olympics, we are once again reminded that for an infrastrcutral project to be approved it must break a record… or four.

New Yangtze River bridge a record maker is the Shanghai Daily caption, and the records are:

its 504-meter span, its 30-meter width, its load capacity of 20,000 tons and a permissible train speed of 250 kilometers per hour

Impressive for sure, but the question I have is whether or not it can accommodate the height of a 2000 TEU container ship.

A height problem that 24 other Yangtze bridges currrently are having, and that are impacting the capacity of the river.

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3 Responses to “Wuhan Bridge To Set Four Records”

  1. Bill says:

    August 29th, 2008 at 8:46 am

    It is not how well the bridge will work that counts, it is the number of records to break that will give the Chinese government prestige.

  2. anon says:

    August 30th, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Does it have a 78% weld failure rate like the Hangzhou Bay Bridge? Does it lack rebar like, seemingly, every bridge in Sichuan?

  3. ian channing says:

    August 30th, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Anon, I can find nothing online about a “78% weld failure rate” at Hangzhou Bay Bridge in English or Chinese. Could you tell us where you got that information?