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Old Posted Apr 9, 2009, 4:38 AM
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HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge developments

planning for China's 3rd(?) ~30km bridge is moving along...

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Seabed tunnel for HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge gets nod
www.chinaview.cn 2009-04-09 10:53:13 Print

BEIJING, April 9 -- Plans for a harbor tunnel under the South China Sea have been approved, paving the way for the construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge.

The 6.7-km tunnel will cost 21.1 billion yuan (3 billion U.S. dollars) and will run 40 m below sea level so it does not interfere with shipping traffic.

Its approval means construction can begin on a 29.6 km bridge that will run above the tunnel and connect three major cities in the Pearl River Delta region.

A statement released Wednesday said building of the bridge would begin by the end of the year. The six-lane bridge is estimated to cost up to 72.6 billion yuan and will have a speed limit of 100-kmph per hour.

Two artificial islands will connect the tunnel and bridge at either side.

Zhang Xigang, general manager of the China Communications Construction Highway Consultants, responsible for the preliminary design of the bridge, said: "We give the utmost importance to sea environmental protection, especially protection of the white Chinese dolphins."

Hong Kong highway authorities said an environmental impact assessment would be completed in the coming months.
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Old Posted May 3, 2009, 5:47 AM
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This one should go ahead shortly. They're speeding up the construction timeline as a financial crisis stimulus project. Soon we won't need to ferry to Macau anymore!
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China begins construction of world's longest cross-sea bridge

ZHUHAI, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- China on Tuesday began construction of the world's longest cross-sea bridge linking its southern economic hub Guangdong Province to Hong Kong and Macao, a move widely expected to bring economic ties closer.

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang attended the inauguration ceremony in Zhuhai, Guangdong, and announced the opening of the project.

The Y-shaped Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge will have a total length of almost 50 km, of which about 35 km will be built over the sea, making it the longest cross-sea bridge in the world, said Zhu Yongling, an official in charge of the project construction.

It will be built according to the six-lane expressway standard with a vehicle speed limit of 100 km per hour.

"It is designed with a service life of 120 years. It can withstand the impact of a strong wind with a speed of 51 meters per second, or equal to a maximum Beaufort scale 16 (184 to 201 km per hour)," Zhu said.

The entire project is estimated to cost almost 73 billion yuan (10.7 billion U.S. dollars), which will be shared by authorities on the mainland, and in Hong Kong and Macao, he said.

During construction in the following years, they will take into consideration the protection of ocean ecology and fishery resources, such as white dolphins, he said.

"We will control the construction noises and turbidity of seawater, and prevent oil pollution," he added.
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entrance at hk end


tollgate & cable-stayed section


the macao end & map
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Excellent idea. I wonder why it doesn't also have a rail link?
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Looks great, but it is unusual that there is no rail link.

I was under the impression that China did not want to encourage additional auto use.
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Looks like the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel on steroids. Amazing.
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This is another political project. There is no need for this bridge.

Ferry services across the PRD are already fast and efficient. It may save 30 minutes off the journey time for someone from HK going to Macau to make bets, but is it worth 21 billion yuan to do so?

They say the bridge will promote the development of Zhuhai and western Guangdong, since manufacturers there will be able to truck their goods to HK and use HK's extensive port facilities to export their goods. But wouldn't it be more efficient to build ports in the region where they could export goods directly?

There already are plans to build a high speed rail line from HK to Guangzhou, and Guangzhou to Zhuhai is already under construction. So before the bridge is completed, it will already be possible to take a high speed train from Hong Kong to Zhuhai and Macau.

The largest beneficiaries of the bridge will be those who are running a real estate Madoff Scheme in the region.
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Zhang Xigang, general manager of the China Communications Construction Highway Consultants, responsible for the preliminary design of the bridge, said: "We give the utmost importance to sea environmental protection, especially protection of the white Chinese dolphins."
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I was under the impression that China did not want to encourage additional auto use.
Where did you get that impression?
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Presumably this will also require one of those RHD-LHD / LHD-RHD lane switchover configurations?
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I see a number of these big bridge projects often have a tunnel segment. Is it so that bridges don't block ship traffic? If that's the case, what's the point of the cable spans?
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i'm guessing that's what the cable-stayed sections are for, like the donghai bridge going out to the yangshan port near shanghai
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I see a number of these big bridge projects often have a tunnel segment. Is it so that bridges don't block ship traffic? If that's the case, what's the point of the cable spans?
I can't speak for this bridge, but I know they built the tunnel for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge at the insistence of the US Navy. Otherwise, in theory, someone could've blocked the Atlantic fleet in or out of its main port just by knocking down a small part of the bridge (the part build big enough to accommodate an aircraft carrier).
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I see a number of these big bridge projects often have a tunnel segment. Is it so that bridges don't block ship traffic? If that's the case, what's the point of the cable spans?
Most of the OverSea Bridges have a tunnel section so that Large Container Ships can cross over. Also in case bridge section falls, it does not completely block the waterway. For examples: Chesapeake Bay Bridge in the USA, Oresund Bridge Tunnel from Denmark to Sweden, Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line in Japan, Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel in USA, Busan–Geoje Fixed Link in Korea, the list goes on.....
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This is another political project. There is no need for this bridge.

Ferry services across the PRD are already fast and efficient. It may save 30 minutes off the journey time for someone from HK going to Macau to make bets, but is it worth 21 billion yuan to do so?

They say the bridge will promote the development of Zhuhai and western Guangdong, since manufacturers there will be able to truck their goods to HK and use HK's extensive port facilities to export their goods. But wouldn't it be more efficient to build ports in the region where they could export goods directly?

There already are plans to build a high speed rail line from HK to Guangzhou, and Guangzhou to Zhuhai is already under construction. So before the bridge is completed, it will already be possible to take a high speed train from Hong Kong to Zhuhai and Macau. even with high speed rail. It will still take longer and it's a waste of time and energy.

The largest beneficiaries of the bridge will be those who are running a real estate Madoff Scheme in the region.
No.

The ferry from HK is very uncomfortable, because it goes over the ocean, many people get sick and start throwing up overboard. Also during inclement weather, the ferries have to stop running, making it unreliable. Also, the bridge allows a continuous flow of traffic vs ferries only runs intermittently. By your logic, people in NY can just take ferris from Brooklyn to Manhattan, they wouldn't need any bridges, and that is crazy talk.

The high speed rail you mentioned goes from HK all the way NORTH to Guangzhou then all the way SOUTH to Zhuhai, do you even have any geographical sense? That's hundreds of miles longer and many more hours longer than a direct link from HK to Macau. It's a waste of time and energy.

Not everything is about politics. It is a fact that this bridge improves transportation. You should feel lucky that your government is using money to improve traffic and not use money to drop bombs on another country.
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Why architect of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge’s passenger clearance building looked to nature for inspiration
Aedas boss Keith Griffiths wanted to create a unique structure that represented Hong Kong and left visitors feeling at ease
October 29, 2018
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When visitors marvel at the wavelike architecture of Hong Kong’s passenger clearance building for the world’s longest sea crossing, they might feel a sense of intimacy and connectivity with nature.

That was because the building was created to represent the city and reduce stress for users of the newly opened Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, the designer said.

In an interview with the Post, Keith Griffiths, chairman and global design principal of international architecture firm Aedas, said the two-storey building, sited on a 150-hectare artificial island, would serve as an iconic “front door” to amaze passengers.

“Our primary considerations … were to create a building that was uniquely of and for Hong Kong,” said the Briton, a resident of the city for 35 years.

“How do you create a building not seen anywhere else in the world except Hong Kong?

“The challenge of this building was to create a beautiful piece of well-made architecture that would be a gateway for Hong Kong to be proud of.”

In a joint venture, British firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Aedas designed the building with a total floor area of more than 90,000 square meters, the largest of the boundary crossing facilities at the bridge’s Hong Kong Port.

To also highlight the facility’s function as a crossing point for traffic from the three cities, Griffiths said the team drew inspiration from the sea for the roof’s wavy design.

“The only theme of this building is about Hong Kong, which is very deep-rooted in nature, as it is surrounded by sea and forests amid country parks,” he said.

The undulating roof also symbolised the movement of people.

“The roof waves make it feel like you are coming in with the waves, like you’re surfing … It also signifies the flow of people in waves like water,” he said.

The roof is supported by treelike structural columns to give passengers the impression they are standing beneath a forest canopy.

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Food truck boss blasts ‘idiotic’ plan to put vendors on Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge as government tries to ease pressure on border town
Commerce minister floats idea of giving visitors food and drink options on artificial island new border crossing on bridge
But head of local federation hits back and says idea that people would benefit from move is wrong

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A government proposal to allow food trucks to operate on the new bridge linking Hong Kong with mainland China has been dismissed as ‘idiotic’ by an industry boss.

On Wednesday, commerce minister Edward Yau Tang-wah said the government was exploring the possibility of allowing vendors to operate near the entry point to the city on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, and at Sunny Bay, to ease congestion in the nearby town of Tung Chung.

But, Gordon Lam Sui-wa, the chairman of the Hong Kong Food Truck Federation, said it was wrong to believe operators would benefit from the proposals, and he would not be interested in setting up at either location.

au said pop-up stores and stalls would also be set up at the border clearance facility, so travellers could buy souvenirs, and said the first booth could be available in the next week.

The plan is part of the government’s efforts to tackle overcrowding in Tung Chung, which has seen an influx of tens of thousands of tourists, mainly from the mainland, since the bridge opened last month.

Tour groups arriving by public bus have poured into the area on Lantau Island, angering local residents, prompting protests over the disruption caused.

Yau revealed at the Legislative Council that the number of registered tour groups visiting Hong Kong via the bridge had jumped from about 70 in the first week, to more than 700 in the past week.

Based on the experience gained from the past few weekends, around one-fifth of inbound visitors had not taken local public transport to visit other districts in the city, he said.

“This indicates that the main goal of many of the tourists was to experience the bridge. They might not be keen to enter Hong Kong,” he said.

Yau said Hong Kong government and mainland authorities were looking into the idea of opening the bridge’s artificial island in the east, which is part of the bridge structure, so tourists could return to Zhuhai or Macau from the island directly without entering the city.

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