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Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge opens

Jenny Ho Jenny Ho East Asia Press Office,Hong Kong
23 October 2018

After nine years of construction, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the world’s longest sea crossing, was officially opened by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

President Xi attended the ceremony in Zhuhai on 23 October along with top government officials from Hong Kong and Macau, with the bridge opening to public traffic on the following day. East Asia Chairman, Michael Kwok, was invited to witness the ceremony together with other representatives from the design and construction team.

The 55km crossing consists of three cable-stayed bridges and link roads, reducing the travelling time between Hong Kong and Macau/Zhuhai from an hour ferry ride to a 40-minute car ride. This is a key initiative of the Chinese government’s plan to drive the economic and social integration of the Greater Bay Area which encompasses 11 cities in Southern China including Hong Kong and Macau.

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Arup provided preliminary design service for the Jiuzhou Bridge of the main section in the Zhuhai waters. © NCN Ltd

Arup provided a range of services for this mega bridge and associated works. These ranged from the preliminary design for the Main Bridge in the Zhuhai waters to environmentally friendly reclamation solutions for the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities artificial island and the tender and construction of the complex Hong Kong Link Road. We also undertook the feasibility study and detailed design for the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link Northern Tunnel and Southern Connection Viaducts, preliminary and detailed design for the Macau Link Road and the infrastructure works of the Macau Boundary Crossing Facilities.