Over-Water Highway runs along the middle of a river valley in China

Located in the Guzhao district of Hubei province, in central China, Over-Water Highway is the name of a motorway completely built over water. It’s one of the world’s most scenic drives.

Over-Water Highway

How long is the Over-Water Highway?

The road, officially known as Gu Zhao overwater highway, is 10.86 kilometers (6.74 miles) long and links Xingshang County and Zhaojun Bridge in Hubei province, near the G42, a high-speed route that connects Shanghai in eastern China to Chengdu in southwest China. In order to avoid cutting through the woods, about 4.4 kilometers (2.73 miles) of the new highway was constructed above a river running through picturesque mountains. The section above the river comprises Xiangxihe Bridge and Gufuhe Bridge, 4.4 kilometers in total for the two.

When was the Over-Water Highway built?

Built in the middle of a river valley, work on the road began in 2013, and the road opened to traffic in 2015, constructed on top of an elevated bridge that runs along the middle of a river. Along the way, drivers are literally traveling over water as it is built on a bridge. The total cost of the project is estimated to be around 70 million dollars.