Pontifex maximus

Behold: below, the world’s largest over-water bridge, in China.  Just over 26 miles long, it was inaugurated today, after four years of construction, at a cost of $2.3 billion.  Fun fact: it’s six miles longer than the English Channel at its narrowest point.  Details here.

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4 responses to “Pontifex maximus”

  1. Amazing. And only four years. Something is wrong that it is 10 years after 9-11 and it’s still a mess. Didn’t we build the Hoover Dam in a year?

  2. My understanding is that Hoover Dam was build between 1931 and 1936. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was constructed between 1960 and 1964 (42 months). The Mackinac Bridge (Michigan) was build between 1954 and 1957. The Golden Gate Bridge was built between 1933 and 1937.

    Of course these might take longer today due to environmental requirements, that you can hate or love.

  3. I should add a correction to my last comment. The pre-building stage of such construction might take a while longer due to paperwork, not the actual contruction.

  4. Obama and Congress would take $10 Billion and 10 years to build a tree hut on the White House lawn …

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