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World's second highest bridge in Southwest China put into operation

By China Daily | 2016-01-13

Qingshuihe Bridge in Southwest China's Guizhou province. "This is the second highest bridge in the world, with a depth of 406 meters and a length of 2,171 meters," said Zhang Mingshan, chief engineer of the Qingshuihe Bridge in Southwest China's Guizhou province.

Zhang, born in 1980, graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering of Northeastern University in 2005. He never expected that he would be in charge of building the second highest bridge in the world. For the past two years, Zhang and his colleagues have worked day and night in the rolling mountains of Guizhou to overcome the most difficult problems, one after another, in the history of bridge construction.




On Dec 31, 2015, the Qingshuihe Bridge was officially put into operation, one full year ahead of schedule. With that, all 88 cities and counties in Guizhou province were linked by highways.

A foreign netizen jokingly commented that if it were his country in charge of the project, they would probably spend ten years on discussion, another five on planning, and five more on construction. He also speculated that the final cost would be four times the budget. In addition to being the world's second highest bridge, Qingshuihe Bridge is also the world's largest single-span plate truss stiffening girder suspension bridge, and Asia's first steel truss girder suspension bridge built in a mountainous area.




People may not fully understand such engineering jargon, but Zhang and his colleagues know that, behind the industry expressions, the technical team spent countless hours on discussion, experiments and calculations. "It is the creativity of every team member that supports the bridge," said Zhang.



Qingshuihe Bridge in Southwest China's Guizhou province.



Qingshuihe Bridge in Southwest China's Guizhou province.



Qingshuihe Bridge in Southwest China's Guizhou province.

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