HK backtracking on deadline for Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge

Projects, Slider 06 Feb 2015
HK backtracking on deadline for Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge

Hong Kong is having a hard time. And is starting to backtrack on the deadline for completion of its part of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.

Hong Kong’s Secretary for Transport and Housing, Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, said it is challenging for all of the three parties, Macau, Hong Kong and mainland China, to complete the construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge by 2016.

The Secretary told reporters in the neighbouring Special Administration Region during a press gathering that it is challenging for Hong Kong to complete the construction by the end of next year.

He stressed, however, that “Hong Kong is not the only one encountering problems in the progress of the construction. Macau and Guangdong are facing the same challenges,” according to Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK).

On Tuesday, the Secretary had 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, claiming that the Highways Department of Hong Kong is still evaluating the date of traffic starting on the Bridge.

Asked by Hong Kong reporters whether the construction would be completed in 2017, the Secretary said: “I hope it won’t be that dramatic,” according to Hong Kong’s Oriental Daily.

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, originally slated for completion in 2016, is a project that links A Perola in Macau with Hong Kong and Zhuhai. Mr. Cheung said that the three governments are striving to catch up with the construction schedule, whilst stressing that safety was a priority.

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