Photo: Shanghai Daily
This story doesn’t bode very well in terms of the wisdom of Chinese infrastructure investments.Less than a week after it opened, the world’s longest sea bridge already has safety problems.
From Shanghai Daily:
SAFETY fears have been raised over the newly opened cross-sea bridge, the world’s longest, that links Qingdao City in east China to the island of Huangdao.
There is concern that the tight schedule ahead of the official opening left important work undone or incomplete.
Several gaps were found in the crash barriers on the 42.5 kilometer Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, while bolts inserted to fasten the barriers were found to be loose or uncovered, China Central Television reported yesterday.
CCTV said that workers were tightening bolts that could easily have been loosened by hand on the bridge, which has seen nearly 18,000 cars cross it every day since it was officially opened on June 30, on the eve of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China.
It’s not just that. Lighting and other support structures are also lacking.
These types of incidents are piling up. Also recently Chinese officials had egg on their face after a big high-speed rail project could not go as fast as planned.
These shoddy investments have financial implications, since revenues from these projects (or expected economic benefit from them) are crucial to the health of those heavily indebted Chinese municipalities that suddenly everyone is talking about.
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