Date
17 August 2018
An aerial photo of an artificial island of the mega bridge, posted on a Facebook page, shows some of the concrete slabs fortifying the island appear to have been washed away. Photo: CNSA/UAVHongKong Facebook group
An aerial photo of an artificial island of the mega bridge, posted on a Facebook page, shows some of the concrete slabs fortifying the island appear to have been washed away. Photo: CNSA/UAVHongKong Facebook group

‘Erosion’ of man-made island stokes mega bridge safety fears

Concerns over the structural safety of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) have emerged after a recent aerial view of the construction showed some suspected problems with one of its artificial islands, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

According to a photo taken by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and posted on the Facebook group page called UAVHongKong, some of the concrete slabs that were used to fortify the island appeared to have been washed away.

It is suspected that the “dispersal” of some of the large concrete slabs was due to the impact of seawater.

After seeing the photo, some netizens expressed fears that the island might one day be dislocated and pose a potential danger to those crossing the bridge, which is expected to open later this year.

The island in question was built to provide an exit for the undersea tunnel of the bridge.

In response to media inquiries, the Highways Department said the safety concerns should be addressed to the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Authority.

The authority has not issued any explanation regarding the alleged defect as of Tuesday night.

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