Jiangyin Bridge 1999

Jiangyin Bridge 1999

The Bridge

Bridging of the Yangtze River has improved China’s transportation infrastructure in a time of rapid growth in the country’s economy. There are now dozens of major bridges over the river but the first of the long span steel suspension bridges was the Jiangyin Yangtze River Bridge. Construction began in 1994 and on completion in 1999 it became China’s longest and the world’s fourth longest main span at 1,385 metres.

The river is wide in its lower reaches and a challenge to bridge builders. 85 miles west of Shanghai in Jiangsu province the bridge carries the G2 motorway over the 3km wide river crossing between Jiangyin and Jingjiang.

Jiangyin Bridge

China's first suspension bridge with a main span over 1000m

Key Facts

Major steel suspension bridge

6-lane roadway plus sidewalks


Jiang Yin, China

Across the Yangtze River

Consulting Engineers

Mott MacDonald


1,385m main span

3,000m total length

Main contractors

Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Co. Ltd.


Began in 1994

Opened 28 September 1997

Other long-span bridges