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China opens world's longest cross-sea bridge

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Aerial view of the Jiaozhou Bay bridge on June 29. Linking China's eastern port city of Qingdao to an offshore island, Huangdao, it is the world's longest cross-sea bridge at over 26 miles.

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Part of the Jiaozhou Bay bridge.

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Construction work on the Jiaozhou Bay bridge on June 1. The bridge opened on June 30 after more than four years of building work.

Huang Jiexian / Imaginechina via AP, file

The Jiaozhou Bay bridge during construction on January 6. The bridge is expected to carry over 30,000 cars a day and will cut the commute between the city of Qingdao and the sprawling suburb of Huangdao by between 20 and 30 minutes.

The AP reports:

China has opened the world's longest cross-sea bridge.

The Jiaozhou Bay bridge is 26 miles (42 kilometers) long and links China's eastern port city of Qingdao to an offshore island, Huangdao.

State-run CCTV says the 110-foot (35-meter)-wide bridge is the longest of its kind and cost more than 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion). Continue reading.

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