Construction of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge begins

15 December 2011

Hong Kong, China, 15 Dec – Work to build the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge began Wednesday, after a year-long delay caused by a legal dispute related to its environmental impact study, Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post newspaper reported.

During the ceremony to mark the start of work, Hong Kong’s chief executive, Donald Tsang, said that the delay meant it would be necessary to use more workers and equipment in order to meet the 2016 deadline.

The delay was due to the fact that a court decided that the environmental impact study was not in line with standards set by the government, a decision that was overturned in September by the Appeals Court.

Work began with construction of a 150-hectare artificial island where customs and immigration services will be located costing 30.43 billion Hong Kong dollars, and a bridge linking Tuen Mun and Chek Lap Kok, where Hong Kong international airport is located.

The bridge, which will be 29.6 kilometres long, is currently expected to cost 83 billion Honk Kong dollars (US$10.375 billion). (macauhub)