First underwater tunnel built in Wuhan

15:01, May 27, 2011      

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On May 26, buses began to run through the Wuchang Fruit Lake Tunnel. On that day, the tunnel passed a 72-hour test, marking the completion of the first underwater tunnel in Wuhan City.

Located under East Lake, China's largest "city lake," the 1,735-meters tunnel has two lanes in two directions, with a designed speed of 60 kilometers per hour. The deepest part of the tunnel is 16 meters under the ground’s surface.

The tunnel was constructed based on the requirement that it must be able to withstand 6 magnitude seismic intensity and No. 1 security level. Its length of service is 100 years and it cost 369 million yuan in total. (Xinhua Photo/ Xiong Jinchao).
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