China is well able to build a bridge that spans across the Taiwan Strait, renowned bridge designer Lin Yuanpei (ÊûóÂÖÉÂüπ) said at the 50th anniversary of Wuhan’s first Yangtze River Bridge.
Over the past 50 years, China has made tremendous headway in bridge building and in materials used in bridges, such as concrete, steel and high-carbon fibers, etc. China’s concrete and suspension bridges have reached world class, and its cable-stayed bridges are also doing very well.
China’s big bridges have gone from the Yangtze and Yellow rivers to the East China Sea, and the mainland’s technology is not far from pulling off a bridge that spans the 125-km Taiwan Strait, between Pingtan (Âπ≥ÊΩ≠) and Taoyuan (Ê°ÉÂõ≠). The deepest water is less than 80 meters, not a far cry from the maximum depth of 50 meters for Nanjing’s third Yangtze bridge. With amble time before a real building plan, Lin said there’s enough time for the mainland to catch up on the technological capability. [Full Text in Chinese]
[Image: Wuhan’s first Yangtze River Bridge, via e-musuem.com.cn]