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LONG ROAD TO CHINA

Deck erection on the 1,385m span Jiangyin bridge in China began last week when the first of 44 steel deck sections was lifted into position 70m above the Yangtze river. The 450t sections are 32m long, 36.9m wide and 3m deep. Fabricated in Kvaerner Cleveland Bridge's Darlington yard and assembled close to the bridge site, the sections travel the last lap of their journey by barge and are lifted into position by Middlesbrough-based specialist John Gibson using strand jacks. Two sections are expected to be lifted each day. When complete, the £100M crossing linking Shanghai and Nanjing will be the longest suspension bridge in China and the fourth longest in the world.

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