Stonecutters Bridge 2009

Stonecutters Bridge 2009

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Stonecutters Bridge

One of the world's longest cable-stayed bridges.

Key Facts

Three-lane motorway

Twin-box bridge deck


Hong Kong, China

Between Tsing Yi, and Kowloon City

Across the Rambler Channel

Consulting Engineers





Cable-stayed suspension bridge

1,018m main span

1,596m total length

Main contractors

Joint venture  comprising:

Hitachi, HCC, Yokogawa, Maeda


Began in 2004

Opened 20 December 2009

The Bridge

Bill Brown would have been delighted to have seen the opening of the Stonecutters Bridge in Hong Kong. His twin-box deck innovation that he developed for the proposed Çanakkale Dardanelles Bridge and Messina Crossing in the 1990s would be used in this project. He first revealed it at an IABSE conference in 1996. Achieving aerodynamic stability of the bridge deck occupied Bill’s engineering mind for decades. Using the central gap to dissipate wind pressure would be vital in this region of occasional typhoons.

The cable-stayed bridge has two 290m-tall towers, one tower on Stonecutters Island and one on Tsing Yi. It has a 1,018m central span, with a 53m-wide steel deck of two streamlined boxes, connected by cross girders.

It improves links from the international airport to Kowloon and access to the container port at Kwai Chung.

Other long-span bridges