The bridge connecting Zhuhai, Macau and Hong Kong is ready to receive the pavement layer following completion of its deck Wednesday with the placement of the last span, English-language newspaper China Daily reported.
The newspaper reported “there are still many challenges ahead before the project is completed,” including a 6.7-kilometre undersea tunnel, whose construction difficulties have caused delays.
“Fortunately, all these difficulties have been overcome and the project will come to an end shortly, given that about 80 percent of the tunnel is already built,” a spokesman said.
This land and sea connection with an extension of 55 kilometres, includes the bridge itself, facilities for border services and customs and the roads connecting these areas to the three cities, the main structure of the bridge consisting of the tunnel and a deck of 22.9 kilometres.
The link between the three cities should be completed in late 2017, which will reduce the time it takes for a trip overland from Zhuhai and Macau to Hong Kong from the current three and a half hours to 30 minutes. (macauhub/CN/MO)