The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, the central infrastructure of the Guandong-Hong Kong-Macau Great Bay, will be completed by the end of the year, the director-general of the project, Lin Ming, told the China Daily newspaper in Zhuhai.
Lin, who is also the chief engineer on the project that includes artificial islands and underwater tunnels, also said in the exclusive interview that the work is “95% completed.”
The director-general of the project told the newspaper he had been contacted by delegations from various countries who have expressed an interest in hiring his team to build similar projects in different parts of the globe.
A group from Spain contacted the engineer to investigate the possibility of using the technology used in the construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge to build a connection with bridge and tunnels over the Strait of Gibraltar.
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge is 55 kilometres long and will reduce the journey by road from Zhuhai to Hong Kong from four hours to 30 minutes.
The project, whose construction began in 2009, was designed to withstand an earthquake of magnitude 8 on the Richter scale, a super typhoon with gusts of wind of between 184 and 202 kilometres per hour or a collision with a cargo vessel with a gross tonnage of 300,000 tons.
The project including a conventional bridge and underwater tunnels was designed to allow sea navigation in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, the Lingding West Channel, at the heart of the Pearl River estuary, which is used by over 4,000 vessels per day. (macauhub)