The Yi Sun-Sin Grand Bridge Reveals Its Splendor on the Birthday of Yi Sun-Sin

DATE 2011.06.16

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The Yi Sun-Sin Grand Bridge Reveals Its Splendor on the Birthday of Yi Sun-Sin




The construction of the Yi Sun-Sin Grand Bridge connecting Myodo-dong of Yeosu-si and Geumho-dong of Gwanyang-si, Jollanam-do, is 63 percent completed on April 28, the birthday of Yi Sun-Shin. This bridge, scheduled to be completed in December 2012 by Daelim’s unique technologies, is now under the installation of cables connecting main towers which is the core process of a suspension bridge. Upon the completion of the Yi Sun-Sin Grand Bridge, Korea will emerge as the world 6th country boasting self-sufficient technologies for the suspension bridge.

The four-lane Yi Sun-Sin Grand Bridge has a total length of 2.26 km including two 357.5 m-long end segments of main towers. In particular, the length of main span between two main towers reaches 1.545 km, which is Korea’s largest and world’s fourth largest suspension bridge after Japan’s Akashi Kaikyo Bridge with a length of 1.99 km, China’s Shawman Bridge with a length of 1.65 km and Denmark’s Great Belt Bridge with a length of 1.62 km. The main span length of 1.545 km means the year 1545 when the general Yi Sun-Sin had been born. Yeosu-si is a meaningful place where the headquarters of left naval forces of Jolla-do the general had started for his new post had been located. The coast of Gwangyang also has a historical meaning as the last battle field of the general named as Noryang Naval Battle.