Broken and missing cast iron sculptures have also be

repaired and replaced. Some 202 of them, including images of sunflowers, landscapes

, workers and soldiers, have been placed on the two sets of railings on the bridge to maintain its original appearance.

Guo Jian, deputy director of the Nanjing Center of Public Project Construction, said

the bridge could be used safely for another 100 years if properly maintained.

“The comprehensive examination before the bridge was closed showed that it was in its prime,” he

said. “The bridge has been reliable for years, even after several ships collided with the piers. The flow of traf

fic and the speed of vehicles have far exceeded the original design but have not affected its solidity.”

Yang, from the Nanjing Institute for Urban and Transportation Planning and Des

ign, said the bridge will continue to serve as a major road, rail and marine structure.

“It has been a witness to and participant in the country’s 40 years of fast development. It will g

reatly help the economic and traffic development of Nanjing, the province and the country,” Yang added.

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