Increase blamed on wages and materials costs
The budget for and artificial island as part of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge (also known as the Delta Bridge) is set to increase to to HKD35 billion according as reported by the Macau Times.
The HKSAR’s Transport and Housing Bureau has filed a request for a further HKD5 billion, which will be put to a vote by lawmakers.
Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau will be linked by the bride that will stretch for 50-kilometers and is due to open in 2016.
Higher salaries for construction workers and increased prices for machinery and materials were blamed for the increase. Reclamation work and construction of facilities related to the bridge will make the project four times more expensive.
The Hong Kong section of the bridge will cost about one-tenth of the HKD87 billion total. In Hong Kong, authorities stressed that the increased figure is an estimate. An exact figure will be available before lawmakers vote on the request.
According to a South China Morning Post editorial, lawmakers are expected to back the request, since another high-profile project, the high-speed railway line to Shenzhen, will require at least HKD5.1 billion more than the previously approved HKD66 billion budget.