Opening of China's second undersea tunnel is seen to boost the nation's economy
China's road-tunnel network
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Second undersea channel completed
Once branded as the sleeping giant of Asia, China has recently completed a very vital project related to its transportation facilities. Last April 28, it has finished constructing its second Undersea Tunnel which is called Qingdao’s Jiaozhou Bay Undersea Tunnel. The Undersea Tunnel links the east and west parts of Qingdao- a coastal city of east China’s Shandong Province, according to local authorities. It spans 7.8 kilometers with 3.95 kilometers undersea, particularly linking the urban Tuandao district and Xuejin Island of Huangdao District, said Xue Qingzing, spokesman of Qingdao City Government.
The project costs the Chinese government 3.3 billion yuan which is equivalent to US$485 million. Started in December, 2006, the tunnel will be opened to traffic in the first half of 2011 as per schedule. When operational- it is estimated that travel time from one side of the bay to the other will be cut by 1 hour and 10 minutes
China’s first undersea tunnel facility is already opened to traffic. It was opened Monday, April 26, linking Xiamen island and the mainland in southeastern Fugian Province.
Bridge and tunnel opened to traffic
The bridge is an engineering feat. It's the largest cross-ocean bridge in the world, costing 960 million pounds and took 4 years to build. It's supported by more than 5,000 pillars, spans 24 miles along China's eastern port city of Qingdao to the offshore island of Huangdao. Bridge and tunnel were officially opened to traffic on June 30, 2011.
See the video simulation of the Qingdao Bridge, China at the right side. It visualizes an accident in the tunnel and shows how evacuees can escape the tunnel. It is uploaded from you tube only today, June 5, 2012. More ...
Source: Mail Online
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