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Historic bridge lifted back into place

The northern part of Waibaidu Bridge is put back on its original site today after a 10-month restoration. The steel bridge was built in 1907 and is one of the landmarks of the city. The southern part of the bridge will be put in place tomorrow and the bridge will be open to traffic in April. 

Shanghai's 102-year-old Waibaidu Bridge is being set back in its original location after a 10-month absence for repairs and restoration.


Cranes lifted the northern section of the bridge's main structure onto a barge at 7:20am today.


Two tugboats then pulled the barge with the steel structure to the mouth of the Huangpu River and Suzhou Creek at about 10:20am.


Aided by favorable tides, the barge reached the supports on Suzhou Creek at 11am.


The span was placed back on its original site at 12:45pm.


To the sound of the Kenny G's "Going Home", hundreds of local residents including many seniors, watched the historic moment.


The southern span will be moved tomorrow and the bridge is expected to be open to traffic in April.


Engineers will erect a wooden sidewalk for the bridge and install an LED lightning system.


(Shanghai Daily February 26, 2009)