The process of laying the pavement on the main section of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge has been completed, announced the entity responsible for coordinating the project said over the weekend.
The work, which covered an area of 700,000 square metres, involved laying water-resistant and porous asphalt layers to protect the steel structure of the bridge from high levels of relative humidity in the region.
The organisation responsible for coordination of the project said the additional layers of protection laid on the main section of the bridge should last approximately 15 years.
The bridge had been designed to stand up to earthquakes, up to a maximum of 8 on the Richter scale, as well as super-typhoons, which occasionally affect the region.
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge links the three cities of the Pearl River Delta by road, and is expected to open to traffic in 2017.
Although the final cost has not yet been revealed, the organisation responsible for coordinating the project has already released an estimate indicating that the bridge will cost 115.9 billion yuan (US$17.2 billion). (macauhub)