Meanwhile, China Just Opened the World’s Longest Sea Bridge

QINGDAO, CHINA - JUNE 27: (CHINA OUT) A general view of Qingdao Jiaozhou bay bridge is seen on June 27, 2011 in Qingdao, Shandong Province of China. So far, the bridge is the longest cross-ocean bridge in the world, with a total investment of more than 10 billion yuan (about 1.544 billion USD) and a total length of 41.58 kilometers. It's reprorted that it will open on June 30. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images) Photo: ChinaFotoPress/2011 ChinaFotoPress

You can't tell from the photo, but the Jiaozhou Bay bridge, connecting the city of Qingdao to a nearby suburb and airport, stretches for 26.4 miles, which is nearly 2.6 miles longer than the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana. Of course, in 2016 China will eclipse its own record with an even longer 30-mile sea bridge. Congratulations, China. How great for you.

A marathon span: China opens world's longest bridge over water [MSNBC]
China opens world's longest sea bridge [Telegraph UK]