The Jiaozhou Bay bridge, which is the world’s longest over-water bridge at 26.4 miles.This bridge connects the port city of Qingdao to the suburban Huangdao on the other side of the bay. China, with the world’s largest population, deals with often-crippling transportation congestion issues, so the government has spent billions of dollars in recent years to alleviate these issues.
“It is a magnificent and very advanced bridge,” Li Qun, the local Communist party secretary, said at the bridge’s opening ceremony, according to the Telegraph. “It is another stepping stone in the city’s smooth and rapid development.”
Cost figures for the Jiaozhou Bay bridge, which is expected to carry 30,000 cars a day, vary widely: State-run CCTV reported that the cost was more than 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) and the Xinhua news agency put the cost at $2.3 billion, and some estimates have put the cost at more than $8.8 billion.