Wednesday, July 21, 2010

China - Hangzhou Bay Bridge 杭州灣跨海大橋


Stamp Issue : 2009-06-18 

Hangzhou Bay Bridge is an S-shaped cable-stayed bridge. Starting in Jiaxing to the north, the bridge ends at Ningbo's Cixi County in the south. It shortens the ground transportation distance from Ningbo to Shanghai by 120 km. Construction was started in 2003 and completed in 2007. The bridge was open to the public on May 1, 2008. It helps relieve the traffic congestion for Shanghai-Hangzhou-Ningbo Expressway significantly.
The bridge consists of nine sections. It is 33 meters wide with six lanes, three in each direction. The total length is 36 km which makes it the longest sea-crossing bridge in the world and is expected to last at least 100 years.
There are two navigable bridges. The north navigable bridge is a cable-stayed bridge with twin diamond-shaped towers, double cable and steel box-girders. The main span of the north approach is 448 meters. The south navigable bridge is a cable-stayed bridge with an A-shaped single tower, double-cable and steel box-girders. The main span is 318 meters.
Situated 1.4 km away from the south shore is a 12,000 square meters offshore platform used for rescue services. It is also a tourist leisure area.


1 comment:

Dorincard said...

These very nice MCs show again how important it is for the postmark ink to be properly absorbed - I suppose these postcards are not very glossy.
Or the ink is not aqueous.
Also, it is important to have some light-colored area on the postcard, so we can fully see the postmark.
Quite futuristic, modern constructions - very interesting MCs.