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[Korea] Geoga Bridge Allows Travel to Busan in 50 Minutes

The four-lane Geoga Bridge connecting Busan and Geoje opened on December 14th. The 8.2km bridge connects Gadeokdo Island in Gangseo-gu, Busan and Jangmok-myeon in Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do. It consists of a sea-level cable-stayed bridge (3.5km), an undersea tunnel (3.7km) and a ground tunnel (1.0km). The diamond-shaped bridge portion contrasts well with the area surrounding the Namhae. The undersea tunnel portion passes 48 meters below sea level and is the first in the world to be constructed at such a far distance from the mainland.

The bridge reduces the travel distance from Busan to Geoje from 140km to 60km. Travel time has decreased from 2 hr 30 min to 50 minutes by car. Geoga Bridge will operate toll-free until December 31st and from January 1st, apply a 10,000 KRW toll for automobiles.

Courtesy of: Geoje City Government

Date 12/21/2010