Jing Yang Suspension Bridge

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Jing Yang Suspension Bridge
景阳大桥
Jingyangzhen, Hubei, China
(328) feet high / (100) meters high
730 foot span / 222.5 meter span
1990-????


One of China’s largest rivers, the Qing Jiang runs parallel to the Yangtze River about 50 miles (80 kms) south of the 3 Gorges region before joining the Yangtze River near Yidu, Hubei. High in the mountains east of Enshi, the forceful river has created several deep canyons including the famous Jing Yang.

Around the year 2000, construction began on the Jing Yang dam, creating a huge reservoir hundreds of feet (mtrs) deep. Several new bridges were built over this vast lake including one of China’s largest concrete filled steel tube arch bridges. Painted a brilliant red, the 853 foot (260 mtrs) span blends nicely into the more peaceful surroundings of the placid new lake. The soaring new Jing Yang bridge is a replacement for an unusual wood planked catenary suspension road bridge from 1990 that was strung 730 feet (222.5 mtrs) across the river gorge.


作为中国最大河流之一的清江,在湖北宜都汇入长江之前,一直在三峡流域南岸距离长江50英里(80公里)左右和长江平行。在恩施东部的山区之中,这条汹涌的河流创造了许多深沟险壑,包括景阳在内。

在2000年前后,景阳大坝的建设开始了,造就了一个巨大的数百英尺(米)深的水库。一些新的大桥就在这个宽阔的湖面上建成了,包括中国最大的钢管混凝土拱桥。红色涂装的跨径260米的拱桥,完美的弯曲融入了安静的新湖美景之中。雄伟的景阳大桥,就替代了从1990年开始使用长222.5米的木栈桥。





Jing Yang suspension bridge half submerged in reservoir.




An engineering crew bids a final farewell to the 1990 catenary suspension bridge. The 730 foot (222.5 mtrs) span was probably the longest catenary suspension road span in the world.



Jing Yang arch bridge.






Jing Yang arch bridge opening ceremonies.


Jing Yang bridge engineers look over the plans. A photo behind them with the bridge drawn in shows how deep the gorge was before the dam was completed.



Jing Yang Bridge and river area map. The old crossing was in the center of the image while the new bridge is to the left.

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