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Hangzhou Bay to get 2nd bridge

A PLAN to build a second bridge across Hangzhou Bay, which will reduce the drive time between Shanghai and Ningbo to less than two hours, was granted approval yesterday.

The 66-kilometer span, of which 54km will be over water, will link Shanghai’s Jinshan District with Cixi City in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, the Ningbo government said.

The road-rail bridge will reduce the distance between Shanghai and Ningbo to 160km from 200km, officials said.

The government did not provide cost for the project, but said its traffic infrastructure budget for the year, which includes the new bridge, is 18.1 billion yuan (US$2.95 billion).

The new bridge is part of a wider scheme to improve traffic links between Yangtze Delta cities. The first Hangzhou Bay Bridge opened in 2008 at a cost of 11.8 billion yuan.

Last month, work got under way on the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge, which will reduce the drive time between Shanghai and Nantong in Jiangsu Province to about an hour, from three hours at present.


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