The movement of reclaimed land in the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge boundary crossing facilities project is normal.
The Highways Department made the statement today in response to media enquiries, saying such movement is common in large-scale reclamation projects using the “non-dredge” method.
Movement of up to seven metres was recorded in the project’s artificial island during the surcharge period of the construction stage.
It said the “non-dredged” design was adopted to minimise impact on the marine environment, and a media report, which says the amount of movement recorded is as much as 20 metres, is incorrect.
The statement said the project is complex and the scale is large. The department, its consultant and the contractor are fully aware of the challenges and have strived to overcome difficulties and technical problems in both the design and construction stages.
The department will supervise the contractors closely to ensure the reclamation works are conducted safely and the final land formation is stable for the safe construction of the boundary crossing facilities.
It noted seven infrastructure contracts on the island have been awarded so far and works are ongoing. The reclaimed land will be handed to the infrastructure contractors in stages.
Piling works for the passenger clearance building have largely been completed.
Meanwhile, efforts have also been made to co-ordinate connecting projects to avoid delays to their progress.
The Government reported to the Legislative Council early this year the project will unlikely be completed by the end of 2016, due to various difficulties and is reviewing the completion date.