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China to build 551 bridges over 521 miles of river: report

China will build a total of 551 bridge construction projects in five provinces over the next five years, officials said Monday, marking a major boost to the country’s efforts to improve its infrastructure.

The announcement came as China launched its first major bridge project of the year, completing a $1.9 billion bridge spanning the Yangtze River in Jiangsu province.

Construction of the 2,936-foot-long (1,721-meter) bridge is set to begin in 2019, and it will eventually connect to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region’s (Uygur) main river.

The Chinese government will spend more than $2 billion on construction of the bridge, which is part of a broader program to upgrade roads, bridges, water and power supplies.

The government will also construct a water system that will provide drinking water for up to 100,000 people.

The bridge will also help Chinese companies access the Uygur region, which has become a key trade route for Chinese goods.

In recent years, China has been constructing more than 1,200 bridges over the 521 kilometers (310 miles) of the YangTze River, a major waterway linking the eastern province of Inner Mongolia to the western province of Xinjiang.

Last year, the government started work on more than 100 bridges over 1,000 kilometers (745 miles) in Xinjiang, including the 520-meter (1.2-mile) bridge that will span the Uygyez River in central China.

Last month, the country also began construction of a 2,000-meter-long water pipeline that will carry drinking water to more than 70,000 homes in Uygurs Uyguk Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China.