Lantau bridge: end of construction delayed

The main section of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge will not be ready by next summer, contrary to recent news reports.

The Transport & Housing Bureau said today (Friday, February 19) that the bridge project consists of the Main Bridge works in Mainland waters being conducted by the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge Authority, and the link roads and boundary crossing facilities for which the Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau governments are responsible.

Both the Main Bridge project and the related projects saw construction difficulties and they are now facing a lot of pressure to stay on schedule.

The authority and the three governments compiled and assessed the works programme at the end of last year and concluded that it would not be feasible for the project, including the Main Bridge project, to be completed by the end of this year.

A final assessment will be conducted and the revised target commissioning date of the entire project will be reported to the Central Government.

On the work progress of the Hong Kong section, the bureau said that due to unstable supply of materials, a labour shortage, a height restriction, environmental protection requirements and the slower-than-expected consolidation performance of reclamation works, the Highways Department expects the local projects can only be completed by the end of next year.

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