Sutong Bridge 2008

Sutong Bridge 2008

© Jim Zhao

The Bridge

The Sutong Bridge fulfils a 1,000-year old dream for the people of Suzhou and Nantong on the two banks of the Yangtze River. The only way to travel between the two cities was by ferry, on one of the busiest inland waterways in the world, a journey that is time-consuming and treacherous.

A collision between a cargo ship and a passenger ferry in May 1987 that killed 105 people convinced the authorities that the time had finally arrived to build a state-of-the-art bridge.

Spanning 8,206m (five miles) across the Yangtze River, this bridge has reduced the commute from Nantong to Shanghai by three hours and the long journey by ferry across the river is now a five minute drive over the bridge. The inverted ‘Y’ pylons of the cable-stayed bridge are 306m high; suspending a central span of 1,088m to allow the passage of large container ships.

Sutong Bridge

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

Key Facts

Six-lane highway

Project consists of three parts: cable-stayed bridge, North Bank link and South Bank link


Nantong and Changshu, China

Across the Yangtze River


Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tongji University

China Highway Planning and Design Institute Consultants

Jiangsu Province Communications Planning and Design Institute


Cable-stayed suspension bridge

1,088m main span

8,206m total length

Consulting Engineers

Civil Engineering Institute of Southwest Jiaotong University


Maunsell AECOM


Began on 27 June 2003

Opened 30 June 2008

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