World's long­est bridge set to open

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The world’s long­est sea bridge, link­ing Hong Kong and Ma­cau, is sched­uled to open dur­ing July. The Hong Kong–Zhuhai– Ma­cau bridge and un­der­wa­ter tun­nel sys­tem is 55 kilo­me­tres long, or 20 times the length of San Fran­cisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

It will re­duce travel time be­tween Hong Kong and Ma­cau from up to four hours to as lit­tle as an hour, or less, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial pro­jec­tions.

The link was con­ceived by Hong Kong ty­coon Gor­don Wu Ying-she­ung in 1983, and quickly be­came the most con­fronting project en­gi­neers had faced.

The re­sult­ing Y-shaped span has taken eight years to ac­com­plish at a cost of more than $US17 bil­lion. It is built to with­stand a mag­ni­tude eight earth­quake, a su­per typhoon and be­ing struck by a cargo ves­sel weigh­ing 300,000 tonnes.

The sea bridge runs west from an ar­ti­fi­cial is­land near Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional Air­port to an­other ar­ti­fi­cial is­land off the east­ern shore of Ma­cau, as well as the Pearl River Delta me­trop­o­lis of Zhuhai.

“The bridge will act like a ring road for the Pearl River Delta area,” says Yu Lie, the deputy direc­tor of Hong Kong–Zhuhai– Ma­cau Bridge Author­ity. “It will not only speed up trans­port, it will also help spread Hong Kong’s devel­op­ment to the cities on the main­land side.” ■ – BRON­WEN GORA Air Niugini flies from Port Moresby to Hong Kong three times weekly. See airni­ug­ini.com.pg.

Sea link … the long and wind­ing bridge be­tween Hong Kong and Ma­cau.

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