China added another record to its name on Thursday, this time becoming the owner of the world’s longest bridge over water with the Qingdao-Haiwan Bridge or Jiaozhou Bay Bridge—a concrete bridge that spans the length of the Jiaozhou Bay.
The Guinness Book of World Records measured the bridge at 26.4 miles, allowing it to replace Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana, USA, as the world’s longest cross-sea bridge. Lake Pontchartrain Causeway measures 23.83 miles. According to the Telegraph, the Qingdao Haiwain Bridge connects the port city of Qingdao with Huangdao District, which is located at the west bank of the Jiaozhou Bay. The bridge will allow commuters to travel from Qingdao to Huangdao in 20 minutes, from the previous travel time of 40 minutes, Xinhua said, according to MSNBC.
The bridge, which was started four years ago, is made of more or less 2.3 cubic meters of concrete. The Chinese government spent $2.3 billion for the bridge, Xinhua said in a report, adding that around 30,000 vehicles are expected to use the eight-lane bridge every day.