The preparation work of the project began in 1994 and lasted almost 10 years and over 600 experts participated in it. The construction was commenced in 2003 and completed on the 26th June 2007. Then there was one year of testing. The bridge was put into operation in May 2008. Its length is almost 36 kilometers, and the span length between the two furthest supports is unbelievable 448 meters. Maximum width of Hangzhou Bridge is 33 m. The maximum allowed speed while moving across the bridge is 100 km / h. Entrance fee is the equivalent of around 12 dollars. The bridge connects two regions - Shanghai and Ningbo. Due to this bridge the distance between the regions became 120km shorter. There is a service island in the middle of the Hangzhou Bridge, whose area is 10 thousand square meters. It provides usual services, such as meals , and there is a spherical lookout tower.