Dec 25, 2008
China to build bridge to island
BEIJING - CHINA plans to build a bridge connecting the country's industrial powerhouse with a resource-rich island in the south, state media reported.
Construction on the 30-kilometre expressway, which will link the southern province of Guangdong and the tropical island of Hainan, is expected to start in 2012, the China Daily said on Wednesday.
Once opened to traffic in 2020, it will cut the travelling time between Hainan and the mainland to 20 minutes, it said.
Currently a 55-minute ferry ride is needed to cross the Qiongzhou Strait separating the island from the mainland.
Total investment in the double-decker bridge will exceed 20 billion yuan (S$4.2 billion), the report said. -- AFP