See The World’s Longest Sea Bridge That Cost $20 Billion Connecting China To Hong Kong

After a number of delays, China is preparing to open the longest sea-crossing bridge in the world.

Built at a cost of $20 (£1.5 / £1.7) billion, the massive bridge took nine years to construct and measures 22.1 miles (35.6 km) long from the “shore of northern Lantau to the western shore of Pearl River Estuary.” To put that number into perspective, the Mackinac Bridge is 5 miles (8 km) long while the Golden Gate Bridge spans 1.7 miles (2.7 km).

While a number of publications say the bridge is 34.1 miles (55 km) long, the website for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) says the main project only spans a total of approximately 26 miles (42 km). This figure also includes an underground tunnel which is approximately 4.1 miles (6.7 km) long and allows ships to easily pass over the roadway.

The HZMB connects Hong Kong and Macau to the mainland city of Zhuhai. The bridge will be opened on October 24th and it promises to significantly reduce travel times between the three cities. According to the government of Hong Kong, trips between Zhuhai and the Hong Kong International Airport will be slashed from four hours to just 45 minutes.

The bridge has been designed to last 120 years and it features ultra-strong construction to withstand frequent typhoons. Since the bridge is located near the Hong Kong International Airport, it also had to comply with height restrictions to ensure it didn’t interfere with air traffic.

Interestingly, CNN reports that most people won’t be able to drive on the bridge. Instead, a majority of traffic will come from shuttle buses or “special hire cars.” A handful of citizens will be allowed to drive on the bridge, but they’ll need a special permit in order to do so.

 

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  • LeStori

    Nice military target!

    • stelvio

      You sound like one of those losers who would scratch a parked ferrari because you can’t afford one lol

      • LeStori

        Actually I can aford at least 2 Ferrari but I would rather buy an Alfa Romeo QV. Just waiitng to see if they produce a Coupe that might be more desireable. So off you go Wayne Kerr…

        • stelvio

          Actions speak louder than words

          • Axel Cortez

            an invading country

          • stelvio

            You know nothing about geopolitics. Small shithole countries you invade, big countries with nukes you sanction

          • LeStori

            So you are going the sanction the USA, China and Russia. Good for you.

          • LeStori

            Seems like stating the obvious that this is a military target seems to get a small group agitated. China is gearing for war, Russia is actively working to provoke one, the USA seems eager. This bridge is a prime target whether you like it or not. It is a small person who throws abuse around when people state the truth. Maybe you need to examine your own personal problems.

          • stelvio

            Interesting perspective. You do know which country started the most wars in the 20th century and the current one don’t you?

          • gambit gamboa

            Id rather have the US become the worlds superpower than shitholes like China and Russia. The only good commie is a dead commie

          • stelvio

            Russia is a communist country you say? lol

          • gambit gamboa

            Lets just say the freedom isnt the same there.

          • stelvio

            Not the same indeed. Their children can go to school without the fear of being massacred.

          • gambit gamboa

            Yeah, youre right, some of those children grow up and accidentally speak out against Putin then start disappearing or sent to a gulag for some re-education. So I guess either die young or later? Quite a difference for sure.

          • stelvio

            Oh you mean like guantanamo?

          • gambit gamboa

            Does the US silence its critics through assassinations too?

            Maybe you are taking your freedom for granted, trying talking shit to Putin in Russia.

          • stelvio

            I dunno, maybe you should ask the CIA or NSA?

          • gambit gamboa

            Nah I dont need to, Ive said whatever I want and nothing happened while I was there, cant say the same if I am in Russia.

          • stelvio

            of course. lol

  • Callanish

    Why are private cars restricted on this bridge? Is it due to Hong Kong’s limited ability to handle the influx of that many cars, so with shuttles or special hire cars, they’ve basically got control over the numbers?

    • Chris Kay

      Much the same about to happen all over Europe by introducing congestion charges in the name pollution control that hits the lower classes in their just about affordable to them old cars so the rich with with their gas guzzling cars and more polluting cars can get to their destination quicker just by paying what is a pittance to them every day in congestion charges.

      At least the Commies are being a bit more honest about it by just banning cars full stop.

  • Shane

    Keep Hong Kong separate!

    • Aren’t they already? lol

      • Shane

        Well in has been getting more restrictive little by little since the handover.

        • Yeah they haven’t finish that lost bookstore owner gone missing because of political activity.

  • Bo Hanan

    Impressive!

  • ErnieB

    Do mopeds count?

  • BGM

    Contrast this with the East Span Bridge in SF. That cost $3B per mile and that’s because they used the cheap steel from China. You know… to make the cost reasonable. The one in China cost $770M per mile. That is still a staggering number but it’s chicken feed compared to the one in the US.

    Bottom line: in the USA the government lost respect for money – and taxpayers – a long time ago.

    • Axel Cortez

      did you account for labour cost difference ?

      • BGM

        No, I have to say I didn’t. I wouldn’t have thought that Bezos, Downey Jr and the Kardashians had side gigs in the construction industry.

      • Knotmyrealname

        ….and union rorting.

  • Pat won

    20 BILLION dollars (what is that in future dollars?), it only lasts 120 years, and people can’t drive on it. Can’t they give me the tiniest fraction of that money to pay off my mortgage?

    • datCubanguy

      It says $20B in the tittle but in the main article it says £1.5B,is it RMB20B perhaps?

  • Alx

    Wonder which China-funded-Hollywood-blockbuster-action-film will be the first one to use it in a film set (and blow it up naturally)…?

    • Lol and the Chinese audience would be interested to watch it because it has that bridge.

  • 173 usd tolls????

  • I had to admit this is really amazing, I wish bridges like this could be made all over the world. Connecting people and maybe people start to realize they are not all that difference.

  • fgclolz

    Nice, right there in the Pacific Ring of Fire!

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