World’s longest bridge closer to com­ple­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

The world’s longest bridge un­der con­struc­tion moved one step closer to com­ple­tion with build­ing of the main struc­ture fin­ished.

With the fi­nal ex­pan­sion joint laid down, the 55-km (34-mile) Hong Kong- Zhuhai- Ma­cao Bridge marked a mile­stone on Tues­day morn­ing.

The bridge is com­prised of the off­shore bridge and un­der­wa­ter tun­nel, bound­ary cross­ing fa­cil­i­ties in Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Ma­cao and routes con­nect­ing the three cities.

The bridge’s main struc­ture is made up of the 6.7-km (4.16mile) un­der­wa­ter tun­nel and a bridge span­ning 22.9-km (14.22 miles). Ar­ti­fi­cial is­lands are built at both ends of the tun­nel to al­low the pas­sage of large ships.

The bridge, planned in 1983, is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of next year at the ear­li­est. Once it is com­pleted, the com­mut­ing times between Hong Kong and Zhuhai or Ma­cao will be re­duced from 3 1/2 hours to 30 min­utes.

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