The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge is the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge. It connects mainland China to Hong Kong. This bridge is 55-kilometer long and cost about $20 billion. It took 9 years to construct and designed to last for 120 years.
The structure of this bridge is consists of three cable-stayed bridges, an undersea tunnel, and four artificial islands. More than 400,000 tons of steel used for reinforcement of the bridge, If you compare it with San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge then by comparison that’s 4.5 times the amount of steel used in Golden Bridge, according to Travel Wire Asia.
This bridge will be reduced travel time between its three terminal locations along the Pearl River Delta – Hong Kong, Zhuhai, and Macao – from 3 hours to 30 minutes. The bridge has been engineered to withstand earthquakes, typhoons, and run-ins with shipping vessels.
The bridge consists of four artificial islands and was built in shallow waters to buoy the bridge’s crossing. Two of islands are used for the entrance and exits of 6-7 kilometer tunnel through which drivers can travel undersea busiest shipping lane. Private car owners in Hong Kong require special permits to cross the bridge or they want to take a paid shuttle bus and will still need to pass through immigration.
Bridge Of Blood And Tears
Now that’s horrifying to know more than ten deaths were reported on the Hong Kong side of a construction project, And in between 234 to 600 workers were injured. and we only talking about the Hong Kong Side project construction, We even don’t know what happened in China.
In 2017, Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) arrested 21 employees for falsifying concrete test result, thus potentially risking the safety of bridge for public use.
The construction of World’s longest sea-crossing bridge (HZMB) also responsible for the falling number of White Dolphins in the water near the bridge. The dolphins found in the water were worst hit with a number of dropping by 60 percent between April 2015 and March 2016.
Because of such accidents, fake safety testing, death of workers Lawmaker Fernando Cheung also expressed concern over the unknown death toll on the Chinese side of the project, Stating: “the project is known as the ‘Bridge Of Blood And Tears’.
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