HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge work to start
2009-October-27 Source: Szdaily web edition
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Construction work on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge would start soon, Chinese-language media reported quoting Premier Wen Jiabao.

The State Council would approve a start on the bridge project before the end of the year, Wen told reporters Friday (Oct 23) when he was in Hua Hin, Thailand, for the ASEAN summit.

The Central Government would provide 5 billion RMB (735 million USD) to make sure the project would begin as scheduled, Wen said.

The premier also wished he would have the opportunity to visit Macao when asked whether he would go to Macao at the 10th anniversary of Macao's return.

On Oct. 13, Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang said the major infrastructure projects announced in 2007 were on schedule to provide more jobs in Hong Kong and boost ties with the mainland.

In his fifth annual policy address, Tsang said the construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link would start by the end of the year as scheduled.

The development of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal was also on track to start operating in 2013, he said.

The 30-km Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge will be the world's longest sea link.

Related: Mainland-Hainan link to go ahead

Work on a bridge to Hainan over the Qiongzhou Strait was under way, according to Gao Zongyu, general engineer at the China Zhongtie Major Bridge Reconnaissance &Design Institute Co. Ltd. (BRDI), reported Oct.15.

Gao estimated that the bridge would cost a total of 142 billion RMB (20.8 billion USD) and take eight years to complete.

The bridge will connect Leizhou Peninsular in Guangdong Province and Hainan Island. It will take 20 minutes by car and 10 minutes by train to cross the bridge. It now takes three hours for trains and motor vehicles to cross the strait by ferry.

The Qiongzhou Strait is 80 kilometers from west to east, and about 30 kilometers from south to north. The narrowest distance is about 19 kilometers.

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