• Jul 17, 2011
Earlier this month we told you about an amazing bridge that just opened in China. The Jiaozhou Bridge spans 26.4 miles, or just a little over the distance of a professional marathon race. That's enough to earn it a Guinness World Record for the longest roadway bridge over water.

This left the people living near Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain feeling disappointed. The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, you see, has long held the title of World's Longest Bridge Over Water with a span of 23.87 miles.

But there's a difference between the Jiaozhou Bridge and the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. The Chinese bridge has bends and turns that increase its length over water, but the distance between the shores it connects is only 16 miles. The causeway, however, is a straight shot, with its shores nearly 24 miles apart. Check the rendering above prepared by the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Commission to see what we mean.

Since Guinness creates new categories like we change socks, it went ahead and modified its record books based on this distinction: Longest Bridge Over Water (continuous) goes to the The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway and Longest Bridge Over Water (aggregate) goes to the new Jiaozhou Bridge in China. Now everyone's happy again.


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        stclair5211
        • 3 Years Ago
        I love what gets a thumbs down. This comment is completely true and this person's opinion. Only because it has a negative tone do we in this PC world give it a thumbs down. People on autoblog need to get back to work and stop whinning, err, thumbs downing people's opinions.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      notbendingover
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anybody remember the Brilliance BS6? Hopefully they build bridges better than they build cars.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      We owe China so much money, they own the record AND both bridges.
      darkness
      • 3 Years Ago
      That bridge screams Panic Attack for my a##, no amount of weed and crown royal would get me to cross that.
      JamesJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      If your car gets 25 MPG, you better hope you have more than a gallon of gas before you cross.
      Mr. Sunshine
      • 3 Years Ago
      This bridge kind of senseless. It makes more sense to build just build (1) a shorter bridge from the small peninsula at the top center to main peninsula on the right (bypassing the cove at the top right end of the bay), (2) a major bayside ring road connector on the left side of the bay to the bridge and (3) a multimodal underwater tunnel connecting the ports on either side of the bay inlet to replace existing ferry services. Such an arrangement would increase productivity and probably half commute times even for those who have to travel larger distances. It is intrusive to bay wildlife and easier to secure against terrorism because the water crossings are much shorter.
        creamwobbly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mr. Sunshine
        1. The shorter bridge already exists -- the G22 Qinglan Expressway crosses it. 2. The ring road (that same G22 Qinglan Expressway) is about twice the distance at 55 km, with multiple intersections. The same route travelled over the main stretch of bridge has just the one intersection. The distance is hard to estimate (it's not in Google Maps yet), but is probably close to half that travelled on the ring road. 3. The Jiaozhou Bay Undersea Tunnel is exactly as you describe. Senseless? No, your comment was.
        Mr. Sunshine
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mr. Sunshine
        *Less intrusive to wildlife... So many typos. Sorry! It's often too hard to edit on an iPhone or any smartphone.
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