Construction of one of the main segments of the ‘super project’ Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge – the Gongbei Tunnel – is slated for completion by the end of 2016,
According to Xinhua News Agency the 2.7km tunnel under the Gongbei Border Checkpoint which links Zhuhai and Macau will be the longest, and has the largest excavation area coastal highway tunnel.
Despite recent reports from Hong Kong that the completion date of the project may be delayed, the Mainland contractor of the project said that the construction of the bridge made a breakthrough on February 22 as preparation work of the tunnel adopting the technique of pipe-roofing had achieved success.
The Xinhua report also said that by January 2015 the principal construction of the bridge that is now undergoing had used 78 per cent of the investment amount.
Earlier this month, Hong Kong media reported that the neighbouring SAR’s Secretary for Transport and Housing, Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, said that he believes the construction of the Hong Kong Border, as well as the link to the Main Bridge, may not be finished by the end of 2016. The Secretary also said that “Hong Kong is not the only one encountering problems in the progress of the construction. Macau and Guangdong are facing the same challenges.”
The proposed Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, situated in the waters of Lingdingyang in the Pearl River Estuary, is a mega-size sea crossing linking the three cities. It comprises a main bridge in Mainland waters together with boundary crossing facilities and link roads within the three places. The functions of the bridge are to meet the demand of passenger and freight land transport between Hong Kong, the Mainland – particularly the region of the West Pearl River West – and Macao, to establish a new land transport link between the east and west banks of the Pearl River, in order to enhance the economic and sustainable development of the three places.