Over-Water Highway

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.

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 south west 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 of the two.

When was the Over-Water Highway built?

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