The Hong Kong-Zhihai-Macau Bridge Project
The Hong Kong-Zhihai-Macau Bridge Project is an ongoing development for a series of bridges and tunnels crossing the Lingdingyang channel that will connect Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai. The project started in December 2009 and is expected to last until at least 2018. The full proposed link will reach up to 50km in length with one bridge segment reaching up to 29.6km. The project includes a dual 3-lane carriageway, a 6.7km tunnel and two artificial islands for the tunnel landings.
The pre-construction image was acquired by UK-DMC2 in 2011 and the current image was acquired in February 2016.
The Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge will alter the present condition of the transport link between Hong Kong and Pearl River West which relies mainly on water transport. It will shorten the distance from Hong Kong to Macau and Zhuhai from 160 kilometres to 30 kilometres, and reduce the journey time to within half an hour. As a result, Pearl River West will lie within the 3-hour transport network that radiates from Hong Kong. The 29.6km bridge section would make it one of the world’s longest bridges and is expected to reduce travelling times between Hong Kong, Zhuhai or Macau to approximately 40 minutes; which at present is down from the 4.5 hours by road.
The above Aerial photograph was taken on June 2014 showing the Macau section to the left and the tunnel islet to the right. Image courtesy of James Wong
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