China’s Record-Setting Sea Bridge Has Some Loose Screws

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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

It took four and a half years for China to build the world's longest sea bridge (allegedly!), but maybe it should have been five. Shanghai Daily reports that the bridge is missing some crash barriers, and "bolts inserted to fasten the barriers were found to be loose or uncovered." Hey, they never said it was the longest sea bridge you'd want to drive across, just the longest sea bridge. [Shanghai Daily via BI]