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Work begins on world's longest single-mast, asymmetric cable-stayed bridge

Work begins on world's longest...
The Danjiang Bridge will span the mouth of the Tamsui River that flows through Taipei
The Danjiang Bridge will span the mouth of the Tamsui River that flows through Taipei
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The Danjiang Bridge will span the mouth of the Tamsui River that flows through Taipei
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The Danjiang Bridge will span the mouth of the Tamsui River that flows through Taipei
The Danjiang Bridge will measure 920 m (3,018 ft)-long in total
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The Danjiang Bridge will measure 920 m (3,018 ft)-long in total
The Danjiang Bridge will span 450 m (1,476 ft) to the west of the single mast and 175 m (574 ft) to its east
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The Danjiang Bridge will span 450 m (1,476 ft) to the west of the single mast and 175 m (574 ft) to its east
The Danjiang Bridge will include road, cycle and pedestrian lanes
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The Danjiang Bridge will include road, cycle and pedestrian lanes
The Danjiang Bridge is intended to reduce traffic on the congested local roads
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The Danjiang Bridge is intended to reduce traffic on the congested local roads
The Danjiang Bridge's single mast is meant to ensure that the view of the sunset is not ruined
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The Danjiang Bridge's single mast is meant to ensure that the view of the sunset is not ruined
The Danjiang Bridge's single mast will rise to 200 m (656 ft)
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The Danjiang Bridge's single mast will rise to 200 m (656 ft)
The Danjiang Bridge's asymmetrical design is intended to ensure that the bridge doesn't impede sea traffic
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The Danjiang Bridge's asymmetrical design is intended to ensure that the bridge doesn't impede sea traffic
The Danjiang Bridge will cost an estimated NT$12.49 billion (US$405.2 million)
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The Danjiang Bridge will cost an estimated NT$12.49 billion (US$405.2 million)
The Danjiang Bridge is due to begin operation in 2024
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The Danjiang Bridge is due to begin operation in 2024
The Danjiang Bridge will include road, cycle and pedestrian lanes
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The Danjiang Bridge will include road, cycle and pedestrian lanes

Construction has begun on a new Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)-designed bridge in Taiwan that's billed as the world's longest single-mast, asymmetric cable-stayed bridge. Due to begin operation in 2024, the Danjiang Bridge is a massive project with a considerable budget of NT$12.49 billion (US$405.2 million).

First unveiled back in 2015 following an architecture competition, the Danjiang Bridge will span the mouth of the Tamsui River that flows through Taipei. Including support roads, it will measure 920 m (3,018 ft)-long in total, spanning 450 m (1,476 ft) to the west of the mast and 175 m (574 ft) to its east. The mast itself will rise to 200 m (656 ft)-tall.

The attractive asymmetrical design does have practical merit and is intended to ensure that the bridge doesn't impede sea traffic, as well as minimizing any obstruction of the view, in what is an area popular for watching the sunset. It's also meant to minimize disruption to the riverbed and local natural habitat.

The Danjiang Bridge is intended to reduce traffic on the congested local roads
The Danjiang Bridge is intended to reduce traffic on the congested local roads

The bridge is being built to reduce traffic on the congested local roads and will cut the journey between Bali and Tamsui on either side of the river by 15 km (9.3 miles), saving 25 minutes of traveling time. It will include road, cycle and pedestrian lanes.

Zaha Hadid Architects has taken on a few really big projects recently, including Russia's largest port and an entire new neighborhood near Moscow. Additionally, another significant new bridge recently opened in that part of the world too, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.

Source: ZHA

3 comments
VincentWolf
Beautiful. At least until Godzilla uses it as a fly trap.
Howe
Nice, that's a great looking bridge.
amazed W1
Who are the engineers??