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Cheonsa Bridge, the Only Marine Complex Bridge in Korea, Opened

DATE 2019.04.04

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Cheonsa Bridge, the Only Marine Complex Bridge in Korea, Opened 
 

The only marine complex bridge in Korea using both cable-stayed bridge and suspension bridge construction methods

 Cheonsa Bridge connecting Aphaedo Island and Amtaedo Island in Sinan-gun, Jeonnam was opened. Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon, Jeonnam Governor Kim Yong-rok, Sinan County Head Park U-ryang, Daelim Plant Division Director Yun Tae-seop, and local residents attended the opening ceremony. Cheonsa Bridge is Korea’s fourth largest bridge at 7.22km long and is the only marine complex bridge that used both cable-stayed bridge and suspension bridge construction methods. The cable-stayed bridge section, the first section, was constructed by Daewoo E&C; the second section, the suspension bridge, was built by Daelim. The project was completed in April 2019, 8 years and 6 months after construction kicked off in September 2010. 
 

 Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon, Jeonnam Governor Kim Young-rok, and Daelim Plant Division Director Yun Tae-seop
attended the ceremony and celebrated the opening of the bridge.

Cheonsa Bridge is a two-lane island-connecting bridge connecting Sinan Aphaedo Island connected to Mokpo with a suspension bridge and Amtaedo Island, which was previously not connected with a bridge. Although neighboring bridges were connected with bridges, local residents and tourists had to take a boat to get to land because there was no bridge connecting Aphaedo Island — which was connected to Mokpo — and Amtaedo Island.  
 

Three-tower suspension bridge built for the first time in Korea: the central tower is 174m high,
and both ends’ towers are 165m high.

With the opening of the bridge, five islands (Jaendo Island, Amtaedo Island, Palgeumdo Island, Anjwado Island, and Jarado Island) are connected to land, so local residents and tourists can get to land in 10 minutes by car unlike when they had to ride a vessel for 1~2 hours before. The name Cheonsa Bridge was decided by the National Toponym Commission through a local residents’ contest. The Sinan region’s local characteristic of being composed of 1004 islands was reflected to the name. 
 

Local residents of the five islands can get to land through Cheonsa Bridge.