At 26.4 miles, it’s three miles longer than the Lake Pontchartrain causeway outside New Orleans, the previous record holder. This bit stood out:

No longer dependent on western expertise for such sophisticated projects, the six-lane road bridge is supported by more than 5,200 columns and was designed by the Shandong Gausu Group. When it opens to traffic later this year, the bridge is expected to carry over 30,000 cars a day and will cut the commute between the city of Qingdao and the sprawling suburb of Huangdao by between 20 and 30 minutes.

No longer reliant on Western engineers — that’s the reality of where China is today.

By the way, the UAE plans to build a network of rail lines to connect its major cities as well as link to Saudi Arabia and Oman. Chinese companies will have a great shot at winning the $11 billion project. Of course, American companies have no shot at winning any of that business. Why? Because no American companies can build new rail systems. Oh, well — the world still requires a few more Starbucks outlets.