Nanpu Bridge is the first bridge to cross the Huangpu River from central Shanghai, linking it with the Pudong district across the river. The bridge and its spiral approaches are a major connection across the river and between Zhongshan South Road and Lu Jiabing Road.
Huangpu River is regarded as the mother river by Shanghai people who consider it the cradle of Shanghai’s growth and civilization. However, as long as this great river separated the backward Pudong District from the thriving Puxi District, a big bridge linking them was a dream for many generations in Shanghai.
Nanpu Bridge was co-designed by the Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute, and the Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute. The Shanghai Municipal Engineering Institute and Shanghai Institute of Building Research supervised 18 corporations involved in this project.
The overall length of Nanpu Bridge is 8,346 m. The main bridge is 846 m and the total length of the elevated circular approaches is 7500 m with 423 m for the span. With a bridge height of 46 m over the water, ships of up to 55 thousand tons are able to successfully navigate below the bridge.
The 423-meter main span over the Huangpu River is accessed to the west via the massive spiraling road along which cars drive two complete rotations. The world’s largest spiral bridge approach is the 180-meter-diameter final section of the elevated approach to the Nanpu Bridge.
Nanpu Bridge is a major contributor to the ongoing and rapid development of the Pudong District. The bridge’s special design and location also make it an attraction for locals and travelers, even more, spectacular by night.
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