This Day, That Year

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - PAGE TWO -

Item­fromJuly27,1996,in Chi­naDaily:After28years of­op­er­a­tion,theNan­jing YangtzeRiverBridgein Jiang­suprovin­ceis­get­ting its­first­thor­oughover­haul this­month.

Therestora­tioniss­ched­uled­to­be­com­plet­ed­bythe end­ofAu­gust.

The6,772-me­ter­dou­bledecker­brid­geover­theYangtzeRiver,opened­tothe pub­licin1969af­ter­nine year­sof­con­struc­tion.

The Nan­jing Yangtze River Bridge in Jiangsu prov­ince has been un­der­go­ing fresh re­pairs since Oc­to­ber. It is ex­pected to re­open by the end of next year.

In the past five decades, the bridge has been re­paired 12 times.

It is one of the big­gest at­trac­tions in Nan­jing. Lead­ers of more than 100 coun­tries have vis­ited the bridge.

As China’s first do­mes­ti­cally de­signed and con­structed road and rail truss bridge, it was once listed in The Guin­ness Book of World Records as the long­est bridge with the dual func­tion of high­way and rail­way.

In 2014, it was listed as one of the Im­mov­able Cul­tural Relics un­der State pro­tec­tion des­ig­nated by the State Coun­cil, China’s Cabi­net.

The bridge car­ries about 100,000 ve­hi­cles ev­ery day, greatly sur­pass­ing its de­signed ca­pac­ity, ac­cord­ing to the Nan­jing Public Project Con­struc­tion Cen­ter.

Since its con­struc­tion, 162 other bridges have been built over the Yangtze River, mak­ing the river basin one of the most pros­per­ous eco­nomic belts in the coun­try.

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