The floating bridge in China is located in the city of Enshi, among the lush greenery of Shiziguan. A floating bridge was built across the River Shiziguan to protect the forest and promote sustainable tourism. The bridge links the two sides of the woods without harming the environment. It is open to car traffic. Pedestrians can also use the bridge as a walkway, it can accommodate up to 1,000 people at a time. The Floating Bridge was opened to the public on May 1, 2016.
The construction of the Floating Bridge was conducted with care so as not to harm the environment.
The bridge was designed to be eco-friendly therefore natural materials were used in the building process. It is made up of 26 pontoon sections that are connected to each other via a locking system. The pontoons are made of steel and are filled with foamy materials to keep the bridge afloat. The locking system allows the bridge to accommodate the river currents and the weather conditions. The bridge also has a speed limit for cars to prevent big waves from forming.
The Floating Bridge in China is also known as the ”Long Bridge of Dreams” and it is 500 meters long and 4.5 meters wide.
The local authorities regularly monitor the bridge to ensure that it does not harm the environment and wildlife. The Floating Bridge is a great example of collaboration between engineering and sustainability. It inspired other countries to build eco-friendly bridges to promote eco-tourism as well.
Despite the precautions that were taken to protect the environment, there are some people opposing the bridge claiming that it is harmful to the environment. Accidents, unfortunately, have happened on the bridge too.