Beijing wants to speed up work on construction of Zhuhai-Macau-Hong Kong bridge

11 January 2007

Beijing, China, 11 Jan – The Chinese National Commission for Development and Reform said Wednesday in Beijing that it had created a special panel to speed up the preparations for construction of the Zhuhai-Macau Hong Kong bridge.

The Commission added that the panel had already had its first meeting and identified the main issues and tasks for the project.

Construction of the bridge, which is 35 kilometers long, linking Hong Kong and Macau to Zhuhai, the special economic area next to Macau, was approved by the central government in 2003 as it was considered to improve the integration of the two special administrative regions (SARs) with the Chinese mainland.

Led by the Commission, the panel includes representatives from the Communications Ministry, the Office of the State Council for Hong Kong and Macau and the governments of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau.

The Zhuhai-Macau-Hong Kong bridge will be longer than the world’s longest current bridge, which was built in the United States and is 38.4 kilometers long.

It is estimated to cost US$6.8 billion to build. (macauhub)