The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge project is entering its final stage after eight years of construction, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
On Sunday, mainland authorities held a seminar on landscape design and engineering aesthetics of the islands and tunnels of the bridge, with experts and academics invited to a tour of the project.
Lin Ming, chief engineer of the island and tunnel section of the bridge, was quoted by mainland media as saying that the completion inspection process of the main bridge is set to begin on Tuesday. This means that construction work that began in 2009 has been completed.
The bridge is expected to open in May or June this year, pending an official announcement by the central government.
Even if the acceptance process goes smoothly, there are still several issues to be resolved, including the construction of immigration ports for the bridge in Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau, as well as the progress of discussions over cross-boundary policies.
The 55-kilometer link, costing about 110 billion yuan (US$17.48 billion), will be the world’s longest cross-sea bridge.
Hong Kong and Macau have agreed that there will be 34 cross-boundary buses leaving for Macau from downtown Hong Kong every day. According to a coach service operator, the one-way fare is projected to be between HK$130 and HK$150.
Meanwhile, Director of Highways Daniel Chung Kum-wah told the Establishment Subcommittee under the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council on Monday that a total of nine workers had been killed in accidents since construction of the main bridge began, and another 10 had died while working on the Hong Kong Link Road and Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities.
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