The longest bowstring bridge in south India, connecting Alappuzha and Kollam, was inaugurated at Valiyazheekkal in Alappuzha District of Kerala.
- Connects Valiyazheekkal of Alappuzha with Alappad of Kollam, reducing the distance by 28km. It is part of the Coastal Highway project
- It is parallel to Arabian Sea and Kayamkulam lake
- It is the second longest bowstring bridge in Asia, after Chaotianmen Bridge in China which is 1.74-km long
- It is Asia’s largest tension steel bar concrete bowstring bridge
- It has 29 spans
- Like Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the bridge is painted in orange and cream colours
- The structural design of the bridge was prepared by Dr P K Aravindan, former professor, IIT Madras, who also designed Goshree Bridge, Vypeen, among others. He died a few weeks after finalising the design of Valiyazheekkal bridge