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The Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge
, commonly known as First Wuhan Yangtze Bridge
, is the first bridge built over the Yangtze River
The Yangtze, Yangzi or Cháng Jiāng is the longest river in Asia, and the third-longest in the world. It flows for from the glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau in Qinghai eastward across southwest, central and eastern China before emptying into the East China Sea at Shanghai. It is also one of the...
Wuhan is the capital of Hubei province, People's Republic of China, and is the most populous city in Central China. It lies at the east of the Jianghan Plain, and the intersection of the middle reaches of the Yangtze and Han rivers...
Constructed from 1955 to 1957, the combined road and rail bridge carries the Beijing-Guangzhou Railway
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directly across the river between Snake Hill (Sheshan) in Wuchang and Turtle Hill (Guishan) in Hanyang. Before this bridge was built, it took an entire day to barge railcars across
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Design and construction
Design and construction were undertaken by the Engineering Bureau of the First Yangtze River Bridge
, set up by the Ministry of Railway in April 1953. On 15 April, 1954, the 203rd conference of State Council passed Resolutions on Building the First Yangtze River Bridge
. Then on 15 January 1955, a technical conference on the routes of the bridge was held in Hankou, and determined that the route from Tortoise Hill to Snake Hill was the best choice.
Construction on the bridge proper began on 25 October, 1955, and the whole project was completed two years later to the day, and ten days after the opening-to-traffic ceremony which was held on 15 October, 1957.
Including its approaches, the bridge is 5,511 feet (1,680m) long, and it accommodates a double-track railway on the lower deck and a four-lane roadway on the upper deck.
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