Yuanshuo Bridge opens to traffic ahead of National Games
The Yuanshuo Bridge across the Bahe River in Xi'an, the capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi province, opened to the traffic on June 29. It is the world's widest spatial double-cable plane self-anchored suspension bridge.
An aerial view of the Yuanshuo Bridge across the Bahe River. [Photo/Xi'an news network]
As an important transportation channel for the holding of China's 14th National Games, the Yuanshuo Bridge connects the Xi'an International Convention and Exhibition Center area, the Xi'an Olympic Sports Center area, downtown Xi'an, Xi'an International Trade and Logistics (ITL) Park and Xi'an North Railway Station.
It is also an important arterial road connecting east-west traffic in the northern area of Xi'an.
Construction of the bridge started in October 2019. The bridge starts from Beichen Avenue in the west and ends at the intersection of Gangwu South Road and Yingbin Avenue in ITL Park, with a total length of about 2.3 kilometers.
The bridge deck is 56 meters wide and the bridge tower is 129.5 meters high – both steel structures. The total steel consumption is 42,000 metric tons, which is equivalent to the steel consumption of six Eiffel Towers.