Hong Kong, China, 01 Dec – The bridge to linking the special economic area of Zhuhai and the special administrative regions of Macau and Hong Kong will be ready in 2015 after eight years of work, daily newspaper Ta Kung Pao reported Wednesday.
The construction project for the bridge was included in the 11th five-year plan for Guangdong province and vice governor Zhong Yangsheng announced the plan during a meeting of the Permanent Committee of the Popular Congress of the province.
The bridge will have a 40 kilometer span, which will make it the longest in the world, and is expected to cost US$6.8 billon with the Guangdong government investing US$618 million in the five years from 2006 to 2010.
Guangdong’s five-year plan includes 10 large projects in the transport, energy and conversion of hydro resources sectors taking total investment by the province in the period to 1.1 trillion yuan.
A working group for Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge was set up in 2003 to coordinate the project and later the authorities from all three areas agreed to create a permanent office in Canton and ordered an economic viability study, an environmental impact study and a report on the locations for placing the bridge’s supporting pillars. These studies are still underway. (macauhub)