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CREC4-built Yulan Avenue Bridge opens to traffic in Hefei2022-08-04 15:36:48

A highway bridge, standing on Yulan (Magnolia) Avenue in Hefei as part of the water diversion project between the Yangtze and the Huaihe rivers, opened to traffic on July 28, providing convenience to residents living on both sides of the city’s Paihe River.

The Yulan Avenue Bridge was built by Builders from China Railway No.4 Engineering Group Co., Ltd. (CREC4), who are constructing the water diversion project between the Yangtze, which traverses through southern Anhui for some 400 kilometers, and the Huaihe River, which runs through northern Anhui.

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Located in Hefei’s Feixi County, the Yulan Avenue Bridge starts at the current Paihe Avenue and ends at the current auxiliary road to Fangxing Avenue. Extending for 1,340 meters, including 779 meters for the bridge itself, the Yulan Avenue Bridge is a key undertaking for the Yangtze-Huaihe Connection section of the water diversion project.

Spanning the Paihe River and linking Paihe Avenue with Fangxing Avenue, the bridge — designed with six lanes for two-way traffic on the 42-meter bridge deck — is a major transport artery in southwestern Hefei. It has a designed speed of 60 kilometers per hour for the passing vehicles.

Gan Liang, CREC4’s project manager for the Municipal Bridge Bids of the water diversion project, said since officially constructing the bridge on July 20, 2020, the CREC4 builders only took 21 months in completing all the bridge, roadbeds, rainwater and sewage ancillary projects, opening the bridge to traffic five months ahead of schedule.

The water diversion project between the Yangtze and Huaihe rivers aims to better urban and rural water supply in Anhui and neighboring Henan province, benefiting more than 50 million people.

Starting its construction on Dec 29, 2016 with a designed construction period of six years, the water diversion project costs some 91.27 billion yuan. From south to north, the project is divided into three sections: water diversion from the Yangtze to Chaohu Lake in central Anhui, canal link and northward water transmission. The total water transmission line runs for 723 kilometers.

It has been learned that upon full completion, water from the Yangtze River will be sent to northern Anhui and eastern Henan, effectively alleviating the current water shortage in the Huaihe River Basin, and bettering the water ecological environment of Chaohu Lake and the Huaihe River Basin.