Distinctly different bridges, each in harmony with something special about Hengqin New Area, have been redesigned. All 10 run north-south over the Tianmu River between Da and Xiao Hengqin mountains.
The largest highway bridge on the river has six lanes and is 350 m (383 yd) long and 40 m (44 yd) wide. It is sixth in the new workorder and will be given a do-over harmonized with scenes of Hengqin Island.
The bridges are numbered 1 to 10 and their names are Cantonese words that share a similar pronunciation with those numbers. The names will easily remind people of Chinese idioms with good expectations and wishes.
Rendering of Bridges 1 to 4
The designs consider functional and esthetic aspects while individual differences are to present a whole picture of an ecological island with urban landscapes. For example, Shuangshuang (双双桥), the second bridge, will be humpbacked to resemble Hengqin Oyster, a local specialty, and remind travelers of the sea.
The newly built Yiyi Bridge (依依桥) opened to traffic last October. The cable-stayed span, 196 m (214 yd) long and 38 m (42 yd) wide, is an important sub-arterial passage located near a marina at Hengqin New Area Comprehensive Service Area.
Three bridges are in the final design stages as work on the others proceeds on different schedules.
Designer's impression of Bridges 5 to 8
Proposed Bridges 9 and 10 [Photos courtesy Zhuhai Daily]