Jiaozhou Bay Bridge aerial footage – Click above to watch videos after the jump

China has just opened up a new roadway that stretches for a distance of 26.4 miles. Not impressed? That's 26.4 miles over water. It's called the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, and stretches for a span longer than a marathon. The bridge took four years to build, opened on June 30 and was then recognized by Guinness as the longest roadway bridge over water.

You would think that a 26-mile bridge would be used to shave serious commuting time off an otherwise long journey. Strangely, the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge only saves commuters 19 miles and 20 minutes of travel time.

Click past the jump for videos of China's new king of bridges.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope they built a gas station over water too.
        Texas Hillbilly
        • 4 Years Ago
        They do. In some cases, like the Hangzhou Bay Bridge, they have excellent restaurants and observation towers for sight seeing, as well as a hotel for fatigued travellers. For example, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hangzhou_Bay_Bridge
      Bruce Lee
      • 4 Years Ago
      Saving 19 miles is pretty good actually...if the bridge is 26 miles then it actually cut travel distance over the water by almost half. If people are commuting roundtrip over this bridge every day then they'll be saving like 2 gallons of gas every day. Other than the money everyone would be saving it would sure help China's pollution problem too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      they should probably think to put concrete islands around the spans near the suspended sections of the bridges. I am sure they wouldnt want an incident like we had on the Skyway bridge in FL ...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, they had to find something do with all that cash we're spending on "made in chine",
      • 4 Years Ago
      If there ever was a race between China and the U.S, The U.S is left way behind while China is leading the world into the 21st century. by the way, the new Beijing-Shanghai bullet train just opened up: http://laowaiblog.com/bullet-train-empire/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Brian E Parker
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not so impressed by the length of the thing - That's no big deal... ...what impresses me the most is that they built a friggin interchange in the middle!
      • 4 Years Ago
      If there is a video that just screams excitement, it is a bridge video.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Built in 4 year... I have no doubt they can build a longer one in America but I can only imagine it would take 14 years if not more, considering time to get all the approvals and most road works site I passed had no one working.
      • 4 Years Ago
      HMMMMMMMMMMM........ Impressive bridge no cars or trucks A little to much like North Korea
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow good place to run a marathon!
        Guillaume Séguin
        • 4 Years Ago
        yes, but mentally difficult though, when you are on the same stretch of road for the whole lengh, you feel like you're not moving...
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Guillaume Séguin
          So the runners will just train on treadmills then.. no biggie! lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just don't run out of gas half-way over it.
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