Twin River Bridges: Qianximen Jialing River Bridge

Structural Designer

China Merchants Chongqing Communications Technology R&D Institute Co Ltd and T.Y Lin International

Client Name

Private

Location

Chongqing, China

OWNER
Chongqing City Construction Investment Corporation and Chongqing Rail Transit Corporation
SUBSTRUCTURE DESIGN
China Merchants Chongqing Communications Technology Research & Design Institute Co. ,Ltd.
SUBSTRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION
China Railway Construction Bridge Engineering Bureau Group Co., Ltd.
SUPERSTRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION
The Second Harbor Engineering Company
SUBSTRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION
China Railway Construction Bridge Engineering Bureau Group Co., Ltd.
SUPERSTRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION
The Second Harbor Engineering Company

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Chongqing is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, with a population of 32 million. Intersected by two major rivers, the Yangtze in the south and the Jialing in the north, the city held an international competition for two new “Twin River Bridges”. The Qianximen Bridge was one of the winning designs, featuring a single tower shaped like the shuttle of an ancient Chinese weaving machine, to express Chongqing’s history and culture. The 720 meter long, dual-deck structure is a partially cable-supported girder bridge design, which is highly economical due to its structural efficiency.

Judge's comment:

Designing a long span structure that serves both highway and transit systems brings significant complexity and the judges were impressed with the way these challenges had been overcome in creating a cost effective and visually impactful structure.