2-Deck Geogeum Bridge Nearly Complete

A 2,028 m-long section of the two-deck Geogeum Bridge linking Sorok and Geogeum islands in South Jeolla Province was completed on Thursday, when a 21 m-long key segment was placed on the bridge.

Construction started in February 2004. It is the country's first two-deck bridge with a motorway on the upper deck and a pedestrian walkway on the lower.

The Yeongjong Bridge in Incheon also has two decks, but one is for a railway and the other for cars, and Gwangan Bridge in Busan has two decks for cars.

A 21 m-long key segment is placed on the Geogeum Bridge linking Sorok and Geogeum islands in South Jeolla Province on Thursday morning. A 21 m-long key segment is placed on the Geogeum Bridge linking Sorok and Geogeum islands in South Jeolla Province on Thursday morning.

Kim Il-pyeong of the Iksan regional land management office in North Jeolla Province said the Geogeum Bridge is the first two-deck bridge built on the "slow city, green construction" principle.

From late December this year, people will be able to enjoy the breathtaking views of the South Sea off Sorok Island riding their bikes or walking on the lower deck of Geogeum Bridge as cars thunder overhead. Geogeum is a cable-stayed bridge, supported by two 167.5 m-tall diamond-shaped pylons and costing W271.8 billion. It is 90 percent complete now.

Sorok Bridge (1,116 m), which links Nokdong Port in Goheung with Sorok Island, was dedicated in 2009.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 01, 2011 11:11 KST