WORLD LONGEST SEA BRIDGE
When it comes to the league of superlatives, China always manages to stay on top of their game. This time, it is a sea-bridge. World’s Longest Sea Bridge connecting Hong Kong and Macau to the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai is now open.
The gigantic symbol of the Greater Bay Area, the 34-mile (approximately 55 km) bridge on the Pearl River Delta linking Zhuhai, Hong Kong, Macau and 11 other cities on the route. Also, travel time between the towns drastically reduced from 3 hours to 30 minutes.
World longest sea bridge built using more steel than as many as 60 Eiffel Towers, the multi-billion dollar project has been touted as the result of international collaboration. This concrete monster also boasts of four tunnels and four artificial islands.
The construction of the bridge took nine years to complete due to repeated delays. But as they say ‘better late than ever’. However, private vehicles need a special permit to cross the bridge whereas public transport is not even allowed.
While China already has the world’s longest bridge in its kitty (Danyang Kunshan Grand Bridge). The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge as the world’s longest sea bridge will be another engineering feat.
Authorities are expecting close to 40,000 vehicles to cross the bridge on a daily basis, which will include shuttle buses running 10 minutes apart.
This bridge is one of two major infrastructure projects set to open in the region this year — the other is a high-speed rail link to China.
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How to Commute
The authorities will begin a shuttle bus service that will cost you around $8-$43 (INR 590-4,300) for a one-way trip.
The permit for a private car will cost around $21(INR 1,544).
World Longest Sea Bridge: Engineering Deets
- The world’s longest sea bridge is constructed to with
and typhoons and earthquakes of magnitude 8.0.
- About 400,000 tons of steel has been incorporated in the bridge which is 4.5 times more than San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
- There is a 6.7 km of a submerged tunnel to avoid busy shipping paths over the Pearl River Delta.