World's longest sea bridge links HK, Macau with Zhuhai

A new bridge linking the cities of Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau opened on Tuesday in the hope it will help boost economic growth in the region.
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, as seen from the Hong Kong side of the crossing. The Hong Kong section of the bridge is made up of an artificial island on the eastern end, where the Hong Kong border control is located, as well as a 12km Hong Kong
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, as seen from the Hong Kong side of the crossing. The Hong Kong section of the bridge is made up of an artificial island on the eastern end, where the Hong Kong border control is located, as well as a 12km Hong Kong link road that leads to the western part of the main bridge.PHOTO: XINHUA

The world's longest sea bridge, connecting the semi-autonomous regions of Hong Kong and Macau with the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai, is set to open to traffic tomorrow. Construction started in 2009 on the 55km crossing.

Ahead of the opening, residents and business people in Zhuhai and Macau expressed hope that it would help boost the local economy.

The bridge aims to further integrate Hong Kong and Macau with the nine mainland cities around the Pearl River Estuary.

Together, the 11 cities will form the Greater Bay Area, which underpins China's ambitions to have innovation and technology drive its next phase of economic growth.

In Hong Kong, the project has met with criticism and opposition, mainly due to budget overruns.

The Hong Kong government has had to cough up HK$120 billion (S$21 billion) for it so far.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 23, 2018, with the headline 'World's longest sea bridge links HK, Macau with Zhuhai'. Print Edition | Subscribe