The bridge connecting Guangzhou's university town with the city's main urban area reopened to traffic on August 20.
Named after Xiaozhou Village, which is located at its other end, the bridge is the only road linking the island of 10 university campuses, officially called Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center, to the rest of the city. The sidewalk on the new bridge expanded from 1.5 meters to 2 meters. It also added a bicycle greenway, making the city's greenway network from Xiaozhou Village to Guanzhou Island via the university town uninterrupted.
Xiaozhou Bridge was originally built in 2003 as a temporary span for the construction of the university campuses. However, it continued to be used to provide access and egress for teachers, students and visitors following completion of the construction, until it was diagnosed as being structurally incapable of being used in January of 2013. The bridge then was closed and renovated in March, 2014.
According to officials involved in the construction work, steel was replaced on the bridge, making it strong enough and adequate for passage by vehicles of 20 tons; its steel pylons and beams were designed to better endure fatigue and erosion.
Public transportation authorities said the schedule for reopening the bus routes originally running across the bridge has yet to be announced.