- The first major combined bridge and tunnel sea-crossing project in China.
- Will reduce travel time from Hong Kong to Macau or Zhuhai from over three hours to just half an hour.
- Arup is involved in bridge and tunnel design, as well as the design of the artificial island foundations.
This is the first major, combined, bridge and tunnel sea-crossing project in China, considered a vital link to prosperity in the Pan-Pearl River Delta region. Upon completion, the travel time from Hong Kong to Macau or Zhuhai will be reduced from more than three hours to half an hour, helping to boost logistics and tourism development in the region.
A 38km bridge in the South China Sea will form a fixed crossing over the Pearl River Estuary between Zhuhai and Macau on the western side and Hong Kong on the eastern side. The 29.6km main section is in Zhuhai waters and comprises 22.8km of bridge work including three cablestayed bridges with spans ranging from 280m to 460m, viaducts spanning 75m and 110m, a 6km tunnel and two artificial islands.
Arup is involved in the design of the bridges and the artificial islands.
Following the preliminary design stage, construction is expected to start in early 2011 and the project is scheduled for completion in 2016.