Made in China: bridge cracks open to reveal styrofoam inside

A resident of Tsingtao, a location famous for their beers, was taking a stroll when he came across a bridge in need of repair. Taking a closer look, he noticed that the innards of the bridge were not filled with concrete, but rather another familiar material — styrofoam. There was a similar incident a few years ago when another bridge was found filled with trash to ease construction costs, and this doesn’t seem any better.

The photos spread on the internet like wildfire in China, and the construction company sent architects the very next day to inspect the bridge. The verdict was a shocking one: the bridge is safe to cross and needs no repair. The local denizens are in shock, as no words can comfort what the eyes can clearly see. Hopefully, the buildings visible in the background were not made by the same construction company.

Strofoam Bridge
Strofoam Bridge

I’m no architect, but using styrofoam as filler for the innards of a bridge sounds a little risky. Recycling is a great thing, but this is taking it a little too far.