Tokyo Gate Bridge opens to traffic
Tokyo Gate Bridge opened to traffic on Sunday. The 2,618-meter-long truss bridge is 87.8 meters high and spans Tokyo Bay, linking Wakasu in Koto Ward with the Jonanjima Seaside Park in Ota Ward. The central span is 440 meters.
The bridge has four lanes and walkway that is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It offers views of Mount Fuji and the new Tokyo Sky Tree, which opens on May 22.
The toll-free bridge spans a major sea lane into Tokyo Port, but its height had to be restricted to below 100 meters because planes fly over it on their way to and from Haneda Airport.
Construction of the bridge begane in 2003,. It is intended to ease congestion on the Wangan Expressway.