FamedNan­jing bridge gets makeover

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By CANG WEI in Nan­jing cang­wei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Nan­jing Yangtze River Bridge, one of China’s fa­mous places of in­ter­est, will be closed for 27 months for re­pairs, start­ing on Fri­day next week.

The dou­ble-decked bridge, opened in 1968 in Nan­jing, Jiangsu prov­ince, re­ceived lead­ers from more than 100 coun­tries and re­gions, and more than 600 for­eign del­e­ga­tions from 1970 to 1993.

As China’s first self-de­signed and con­structed road and rail truss bridge, it was listed in the Guin­ness Book of World Records as the long­est bridge with the dual func­tions of high­way and rail­way. In 2014, it was listed as one of the Im­mov­able Cul­tural Relics un­der State pro­tec­tion des­ig­nated by the State Coun­cil.

Ac­cord­ing to Guo Jian, deputy di­rec­tor of the Nan­jing Pub­lic Project Con­struc­tion Cen­ter, the bridge car­ries about 100,000 ve­hi­cles ev­ery day, which greatly sur­passes its de­signed ca­pac­ity.

“The lane boards of the bridge have cracked in many places,” Guo said. “Mor­tar bed­ding cush­ions have fallen apart and metal fa­tigue is ap­pear­ing on the steel.”

“Since 2002, the bridge has been re­paired 12 times. It is the first time that the bridge has been com­pletely closed for re­pair be­cause its safety is­sues pose a risk to the rail­way on the lower deck and the ve­hi­cles on the up­per deck.”

“Dur­ing main­te­nance, all bro­ken parts of the bridge will be changed or fixed,” said ZhangGuo­qiang, anof­fi­cial at the relics pro­tec­tion de­part­ment of the city’s Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Press, Pub­li­ca­tion, Ra­dio, Film and Tele­vi­sion.

“Relics ex­perts have been in­vited to de­sign a spe­cial­ized plan to pro­tect the bridge,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal trans­porta­tion de­part­ment, com­muters can cross the river by sub­way, bus or ferry. Ve­hi­cles can use the Yangtze River Tun­nel and the No 2, No 3 and No 4 Yangtze River Bridges to by­pass the bridge.


Peo­ple take a selfie against the back­drop of the Nan­jing Yangtze River Bridge on Sun­day. The bridge will be closed for 27 months for re­pairs, start­ing on Fri­day next week.

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