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World's Longest Bridge Center of Safety Fears [China]
CRI English ^ | 2011-07-05 07:47:16 | Web Editor: Zhangxu

Posted on 07/05/2011 7:42:15 AM PDT by Red Badger

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 Monday.

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.

A worker said they didn't have enough time to install all the safety barriers and to fix the bolts before the bridge's opening.

Workers had also to finish installing the bridge's lighting system, which was not in place yet, another man, believed to be in charge of work at the bridge, told CCTV.

"We have just started installing support facilities on the bridge and it will take two to three months to finish the work," he said.

When the Shandong provincial government announced the opening of the 14.8 billion yuan (US$2.3 billion) bridge, it said the structure, built to withstand earthquakes and typhoons, could take up to 50,000 cars at day, cutting the drive time between the two destinations from 40 to 20 minutes.

But many motorists expressed fears over safety given the high speed of traffic on the bridge and the potential dangers if crash barriers were not fully in place.

The man believed to be charge of the work said safety would not be affected by the loose bolts or the absence of barriers, but wouldn't say whether a too tight schedule was behind the bridge still being unfinished after its opening.

An official surnamed Cui with the bridge's investor, Shandong High-speed Group Co, said some barriers and bolts had been removed by workers to adjust wiring, which was normal practice after a bridge opened to traffic, Jiaodong.net reported Monday. Cui said the adjustments would be done by the end of this month with all bolts and barriers in place.

Workers toiled for four and a half years to build the bridge, which took the "world's longest" title from the 38.35 kilometer Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in the United States.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: bridge; china
Cheap CHINESE JUNK...................
1 posted on 07/05/2011 7:42:21 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

They just finished building the pieces of the Bay bridge for Oakland...good luck with that..


2 posted on 07/05/2011 7:46:37 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: Red Badger
And coming soon to a bridge in the U.S.- Bridge Comes to San Francisco With a Made-in-China Label
3 posted on 07/05/2011 7:47:01 AM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: ZULU; Lazlo in PA; Moonman62; youngidiot

Pinging a few of you who questioned this bridge’s quality in my post announcing the bridge opening.


4 posted on 07/05/2011 7:50:16 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: ken5050

Fortunately, I have no plans to go to either Oakland or Quingdao.

6 posted on 07/05/2011 7:53:10 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (NO MORE SECOND TERMS!!)
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To: Past Your Eyes

How about Mandeville?


7 posted on 07/05/2011 7:54:57 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: Red Badger

Not to worry, it comes with a one year warranty. That means a new bridge every 90 days.


8 posted on 07/05/2011 7:56:59 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (The storm clouds of war are on the horizon, 1939 is again approaching us.)
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To: Red Badger
The man believed to be charge of the work said safety would not be affected by the loose bolts or the absence of barriers . . .

They should have left those safety barriers out of the design if the barriers don't contribute to safety.

9 posted on 07/05/2011 8:03:39 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Bringbackthedraft; ken5050; MaryFromMichigan; the_devils_advocate_666; Past Your Eyes; ...

Would you buy a bridge from this man?...............

10 posted on 07/05/2011 8:04:29 AM PDT by Red Badger (Nothing is a 'right' if someone has to give it to you................)
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To: Red Badger

They can spent that extra 20 minutes thanking God that the bridge didn’t fall down during their commute.


11 posted on 07/05/2011 8:05:38 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Say no to the status quo and the establishment pro and yes to Palin whom we all know.)
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To: Red Badger
I was involved in a construction project for a steel framed building (6 stories). The bolts which connect the beams are tightened with a very large impact wrench....and the torque can be set to the engineer's specs.

A large number of the bolts were shearing in two...so many that the contractor had to disassemble the building and start over with better bolts.

The culprit: Although they were allegedly American made, the bolts were traced to China.

Any large engineering project in China scares me to death.

12 posted on 07/05/2011 8:09:14 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Red Badger

“some barriers and bolts had been removed by workers to adjust wiring, which was normal practice after a bridge opened to traffic”

I wonder how they ‘adjust’ wiring. Maybe they had to add wiring that they forgot?...not knowing alot about bridges, it doesn’t seem that ‘normal’ to me.


13 posted on 07/05/2011 8:14:07 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: lacrew

Just wait til they start selling cars here..............


14 posted on 07/05/2011 8:19:59 AM PDT by Red Badger (Nothing is a 'right' if someone has to give it to you................)
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To: lacrew

I was hanging a TV, so I bought some fairly substantial wood screws down at the Home Depot (3”, #12). While installing the screws using a conventional hand screwdriver and my puny forearms, I snapped four screws off in a row.

I am not The Incredible Hulk by any means, but I could not get one of these screws fully into the wood, time after time.

I couldn’t figure it out until I took a closer look at the packaging. Made in China. ‘Nuff said...

BTW, if you go to Google Earth or Google Maps hoping to see a picture or map of this bridge, fuggedaboutit. I guess the Chinese are not ready to let Google share this information with the World, just yet.


15 posted on 07/05/2011 8:22:59 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you can read this / (To paraphrase on old line) / Thank a TAXPAYER!.)
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To: Red Badger

“Just wait til they start selling cars here..............”

I have long predicted that one day we will be able to buy a Chinese car from Sam’s Club...they will be stacked in open sided wood boxes, with shrink wrap on them....with a bar code to scan.

Others have cautioned me that the Chinese will instead enter into the luxury car market. You may recall that the original Hondas in this country were considered ‘cheap’; and, they took a while to become popular. So, to counter the ‘cheap’ reputation, many expect the Chinese to enter the US car market with higher end vehicles....which will likely just be copies. I am surprised they haven’t done it yet.


16 posted on 07/05/2011 8:34:46 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: lacrew

There were rumors and rumblings a couple years ago that they would have ‘maxed out’ luxury cars for the American market for 10-15k..................


17 posted on 07/05/2011 8:43:24 AM PDT by Red Badger (Nothing is a 'right' if someone has to give it to you................)
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To: Red Badger

Will the cars run on coal?


18 posted on 07/05/2011 8:49:03 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Save the planet, destroy the MSM)
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To: Red Badger

Whenever anyone, ANYONE tries to tell you that China will surpass the USA as an economic superpower, just laugh! It’ll never happen until the people are the economy instead of the government.


19 posted on 07/05/2011 8:51:15 AM PDT by griswold3 (Character is destiny)
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To: Red Badger
"Like a Bridge over troubled waters.....!"


20 posted on 07/05/2011 9:04:03 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Gore Lauds Romney on Climate Position; 0bamaCare was based on RomneyCare.)
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To: Red Badger

Watch the Mythbusters episode where they do a simulated 60MPH head-on collision between two Chinese Cherry sedans. The car just accordions from 14 feet to under 6 feet in length.


21 posted on 07/05/2011 9:05:52 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you can read this / (To paraphrase on old line) / Thank a TAXPAYER!.)
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To: Red Badger

Shoddy construction on an ever increasing budget and a hurry up as they approached the final umpteenth completion date? Who knew they got the union crew from Boston’s tunnel to do the work?/ sarc


22 posted on 07/05/2011 9:08:49 AM PDT by cashless (Unlike Obama and his supporters, I'd rather be a TEA BAGGER thaln a TEA BAGGEE.)
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To: Red Badger
In Japan, there would be shame in such construction and one might be so burdened they would commit Hari-Kiri. In China, the Communist party does it for you. In America, you get a bonus./sarc but sadly true I suppose.
23 posted on 07/05/2011 9:12:53 AM PDT by cashless (Unlike Obama and his supporters, I'd rather be a TEA BAGGER thaln a TEA BAGGEE.)
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To: lacrew

How did they make it past Quality? Did receiving not do any kind of tests on the lots before they came in? Sounds like a vendor should have been held liable...


24 posted on 07/05/2011 9:49:11 AM PDT by jettester (I got paid to break 'em - not fly 'em)
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To: Red Badger
Tooo funny!

They talk about this bridge like its a miracle of modern engineering!

Of course, the second longest (over water) bridge is here in Louisiana. It was built in 1956 and it is 23.8 miles long.

So 55 years later China goes 3 miles longer and its some great accomplishment?

People are all in awe of China's greatness? Perhaps I will be more impressed with the new Jiaozhou bridge if it is still standing in 55 years.

Thanks for the good post!

25 posted on 07/05/2011 10:19:12 AM PDT by Casie
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To: swain_forkbeard

Where’s that?


26 posted on 07/05/2011 10:42:49 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (NO MORE SECOND TERMS!!)
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To: jettester

“Sounds like a vendor should have been held liable...”

The vendor was held liable...and the vendor was left to go after the supplier, which turned out to be a front company for Chinese products...which evaporated into thin air (and was probably re-organized in another name, with a new fax number, the very next day).


27 posted on 07/05/2011 11:18:52 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: lacrew

Thank goodness that could NEVER happen in building a nuke plant, right? Right?


28 posted on 07/05/2011 12:10:34 PM PDT by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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To: Past Your Eyes

It’s where you get to if you cross the Pontchartrain Causeway (formerly the longet span over water).


29 posted on 07/05/2011 1:09:07 PM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: jettester

The quality inspection guys love big bucks, you know. And in this case, they will certainly choose to please the CPC on their 90th birthday over common people’s safety.


30 posted on 07/05/2011 4:59:11 PM PDT by Phoebe From China (I believe we've arrived at another quintessential "Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock" moment.)
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To: jettester

The quality inspection guys love big bucks, you know. And in this case, they will certainly choose to please the CPC on their 90th birthday over common people’s safety.


31 posted on 07/05/2011 5:00:13 PM PDT by Phoebe From China (I believe we've arrived at another quintessential "Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock" moment.)
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To: jettester

The quality inspection guys love big bucks, you know. And in this case, they will certainly choose to please the CPC on their 90th birthday over common people’s safety.


32 posted on 07/05/2011 5:00:46 PM PDT by Phoebe From China (I believe we've arrived at another quintessential "Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock" moment.)
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