- Main section of longest cross-sea bridge completed
60% contributed by Wuhan bridge construction companies
Sail-shaped bridge towers (Xinhua News Agency)
By Wang Wenhan
On September 27, the construction on the main section of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge was completed. As the longest cross-sea bridge in the world, it covers a distance of 55 kilometers. Our reporter had the chance to take a closer look at the bridge on a bus with construction workers from Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group.
The construction project includes a 6.7-kilometer undersea tunnel and a
22.9-kilometer bridge. On each side of the tunnel there is an artificial island. The finished section is the part of the bridge which spans Lingdingyang (or the Lingding Channel). Once the entire project is completed, travel time between Hong Kong and Zhuhai or Macao will be reduced to only 30 minutes.
The shapes of different bridge towers resemble sails, Chinese knots, or dolphins. According to the bridge management staff, "Protection of the ecosystem has been the top priority throughout construction."
Around 20 local companies are involved in the design and construction of the mega-bridge, and they are responsible for over 60% of the entire work. Among them, China Railway Major Bridge Reconnaissance & Design Institute designed the sail-shaped bridge towers. Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group is in charge of a 7.2-kilometer section and a cable-stayed bridge span on the project. China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group took over the construction of one-third of the bridge section at sea.
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