Opening of the new Lupu Bridge

Shanghai, China
Built June 2002

World's Longest Arch Bridge
Map showing location of the bridge

See a more detailed location of the new bridge.

Conceptual drawing of the Lupu bridge
Yao Ming, the Chinese NBA basket player, leading the first group to run across the bridge during the opening ceremony.
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Shortly before two halves of the arch are joined at the top.

This shows how the bridge deck segments are raised from barges up into position.
This will become the roadway of the bridge.

The welder welded the final segment of the arch, which completed the most important step of the construction of the arch bridge.

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Taken during construction of the bridge.
Shanghai Daily, 08.10.02

Note the "arch rib" is in the form of steel boxed girder.

This is contrast to earlier steel arch bridges, where the "arch rib" is in the form of steel trusses, as shown in the following photographs.
The cables are there temporarily to hold up two halves of the arch before they are connected.
Note the two 'special tractors' used during the construction.
View at night
View at day
Nanpu Bridge
Nanpu Bridge
Just North of the new Lupu Bridge is the Nanpu Bridge.
The new bridge will help to reduce congestion on this bridge.

The proposed next World Fair will occupy a large site between this bridge and the new Lupu Bridge, on both side of the Huangpu River.

New River Gorge Bridge
West Virginia, U.S.

Formerly the longest arch bridge in the World. Now it is the second longest arch bridge, after Lupu Bridge.

The Lupu Bridge’s 1,815-foot-long arch beats the West Virginia bridge’s 1,710-foot long arch by 105 feet.
The bridge’s total length is 12,870 feet compared to the 3,030-foot-long New River Gorge Bridge.
Bayonne Bridge
Bayonne, New Jersey. Note the arch is made up of truss members instead of box girders.
This was overtaken by the New River Gorge Bridge as the World's longest steel arch bridge.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Not the longest bridge in the world. But perhaps the most famous among steel arch bridges.
The arch span is 503 meters.
Suspension Bridges
Suspension Bridge
Tsing Ma Bridge
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
1997
The world’s longest road and rail span (1377m)
The first modern steel suspension bridge in China
Suspension Bridge
Tsing Ma Bridge
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
1997
Spinning the 1.1m diameter cables with 33,000 wires each
Suspension Bridge
Tsing Ma Bridge
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
1997
Lifting 1000t main span deck unit into place
Suspension Bridge
Jiangyin Yangtze River Bridge
Jiangyin
China
1999

China’s longest span bridge (1385m)
4-th longest suspension bridge in the world.

Suspension Bridge
Jiangyin Yangtze River Bridge
Jiangyin
China
1999
Cable construction with preformed parallel wire strands (PPWS)
Suspension Bridge
Jiangyin Yangtze River Bridge
Jiangyin
China
1999
Erection of deck in 450t pre-assembled nits
Suspension Bridge
Jiangyin Yangtze River Bridge
Jiangyin
China
1999
Closing the main span – achieved by British and Chinese in partnership
Historical Bridges
Historic Bridges
Yangtze River Bridge

Chien Tang, China
First modern steel truss bridge built in 1937, entirely by Chinese engineer.
A 16 span 1072m long road and rail bridge at Hangzhou
Yangtze River Bridge at Nanjing

The first bridge ever built crossing the Yangtze River.
Four lanes of traffic on upper deck and two rail lines below.
Built entirely by Chinese engineers.
First Wuhan Bridge

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Wuchang and Hanyang are linked by this great bridge - it's more than 1100m long and 80m high.

The completion of the bridge in 1957 marked one of Communist China's first great engineering achievements, because until then all road and rail traffic had to be laboriously ferried across the river.

A second Trans-Yangtze bridge in northern Wuhan was completed in mid-1995.
Second Wuhan Bridge

1995

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The second bridge, built of press-stressed concrete, has a central span of 400 meters long with double bridgeheads and two cabled sides.The Wuhan Second Changjiang River Bridge is 4,678 meters in length (including 1,877 meters of the main bridge) and 26.5 to 33.5 meters in width. Its main bridgeheads are 90 meters high each, pulling 392 thick slanting cables together in the shape of double fans, so that the central span of the bridge is well poised on the piers and the bridge's stability and vibration resistance are ensured. With six lanes on the deck, the bridge is designed to handle 50,009, motor vehicles to passevery day.
Maple Bridge in Suzhou, China
(1st constructed between the 6th-9th c.)

The bridge viewed from alongside the watchtower.
Hanshan Temple was built to the west of Suzhou where three canals intersect; one being the famous Grand Canal. At this junction, there is a bridge called the Maple Bridge (Fengqiao), which dates back at least to the Tang dynasty, as there is a well-known poem by the Tang poet, Zhang Ji, entitled, “Mooring to the Maple Bridge at Night”. On Chinese New Years Eve, people gather at the bridge to hear the bells of Hanshan Temple, as described in the poem.
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