The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau (HZMB) bridge will open up to car traffic in the second quarter of the year, the China Daily reported on Monday, adding that this should happen between May and June, “although the exact date has not yet been set.”
The sources quoted by the newspaper said that the final date, to be set by the central government, depends in part on the progress of the construction of the border facilities in Zhuhai and Hong Kong, bearing in mind that those in Macau are expected to be finished ahead of time.
The paper also wrote that the mechanisms for using the bridge, namely customs and document control, emergency plans and cross-border car insurance, have yet to be decided by the governments of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau.
Work on the main section of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB) is due to be completed in early February, according to the new schedule published by Su Quanke, chief engineer of the HZMB Authority in statements to the same newspaper .
The new schedule is the first update since an official announcement was made a few months ago indicating that work on the main section of the bridge would be completed before the end of 2017.
The latest estimate of the costs of building this bridge with a total length of 55 kilometres is 120 billion yuan (US$18.4 billion), according to the financial director of the HZMB Authority, Su Yi. (macauhub)