Construction workers in China are carrying out the last step in completing the world’s longest cross sea bridge which measures 34 miles long.
Engineers began paving the surface of the four-mile-long undersea tunnel on October 13, the most important step in ensuring the bridge’s completion by the end of 2017, according toPeople’s Daily Online.
A video released by Xinhua captures the sheer size of the £12 billion traffic link, which stretches a whopping 34 miles and connects Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai – three of China’s most important cities.
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, stretching over the South China Sea, is set to open to the public by the end of 2017
The massive structure, measuring 55 kilometres (34 miles) long, is said to be the longest cross sea bridge in the world
The major part of the the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge was completed in July.
All the roads on the bridge and in the tunnel are expected to be paved by the end of November, said the report.
The tunnel is located 40 metres (25 miles) below the sea level and measures 6.7 kilometres (4.2 miles) in length. It’s said to be the longest undersea tunnel in the world and goes under the shipping lanes on the Lingding Ocean.
After about seven years of construction, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is set to open by the end of the year.
Workers used 420,000 tonnes of steel to construct the bridge, which would be enough to build 60 Eiffel Towers
The bridge has cost some HK$ 112 billion (£12 billion) and is a part of the effort in building a greater bay area in southern China
The massive structure is due to cut the travel time from Hong Kong to Zhuhai from the currently three hours down to 30 minutes. It’s a part of the government’s effort in building a greater Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau bay area.
Workers used 420,000 tonnes of steel to construct the bridge, which would be enough to build 60 Eiffel Towers.
The bridge’s total length is 55 kilometres (34 miles), making it 14 miles longer than the width of the English Channel from Dover in the United Kingdom to Calais in France.
The bridge has cost some HK$ 112 billion (£12 billion), according to Hong Kong newspaper Ta Kung Pao.