The Macau Government has announced that it is working to complete construction of the Administration Zone of the Macau border post at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge by the end of the year, built by the Nam Kwong Commercial and Industrial Union and costing 10 billion patacas (US$1.25 billion).
The bridge will play an important role in the development of the future Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Great Bay Area with a view to creating a large population cluster in southern China as well as accelerating Hong Kong’s integration into the western part of the Pearl River Delta.
Construction of the 55-kilometre bridge over the Pearl River began in December 2009 and represents an investment of more than US$17 billion shared by Hong Kong (42%), Macau (13%), and Guangdong (45%).
The Hong Kong- Zhuhai-Macau Bridge Border Management Zone, construction of which began in December 2016, has an area of 71.61 hectares and a total gross construction area of over 600,000 square metres.
In addition to the border post building, the area will have two car parks, with more than 6,800 parking spaces for private cars and 2,000 for motorcycles, 53 buildings, a road network, a tunnel, a viaduct and platform for a light rail station, as well as other municipal infrastructures.
Following the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, a bus service will be established between the Hong Kong and Macau border points and between the Zhuhai and Hong Kong border points.
Buses, taxis and cars will have quotas to ride on the bridge while trucks will have special measures and facilities to ensure their movement and parking
The two special administrative regions agreed in the meantime to set 50 quotas for bus traffic between the two territories, 34 for Hong Kong and 16 for Macau.
The government also said that if the current pace of work continues, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge at the end of the year circulation of vehicles will begin, but pointed out that in good time the details of the border control would be published by the Joint Working Committee of the Three Regions of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. (macauhub)