On 18 Aug 2018, IMechE North East Asia Region (NEAR) and Hong Kong Branch (HKB) organised a site visit to Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macao Bridge (HZMB). The visit was well-attended by 32 participants, including IMechE NEAR and HK Branch members.
HZMB, situated at the waters of Lingdingyang (伶仃洋) of Pearl River Estuary (珠江口), is a mega-size crossing linking of Hong Kong, Zhuhai City of Guangdong Province and Macao. It consists of a Main bidge in mainland waters together with the boundary crossing facilities and link roads within the three places. This project establishes a new land transport link between the east and west banks of the Pearl River, and to enhance the economic and sustainable development of these three places.
The HZMB project, which is approximately 55km in total, includes a 29.6km dual 3-lane carriageway in the form of bridge-cum-tunnel structure comprising a tunnel of about 6.7km; two artificial islands for the tunnel landings west of the HKSAR boundary. The HZMB Main Bridge runs from the artificial island off Gongbei (拱北) of Zhuhai (珠海) to the eastern artificial island for the tunnel section. Construction of the bridge began in 2009 and it is anticipated that HZMB will open in the end of this year (2018).
In this event, the participants were started the visit at Zhuhai entrance of HZMB and guided to visit the HZMB viaduct deck of the Main Bridge and the Zhuhai-Macao Artificial Island in Zhuhai, PRC by the representatives of HZMB Authority, and learnt about the latest situation of the Zhuhai section of the HZMB as well as the challenges during construction stage.
On behalf of IMechE, we would like to express our sincere thanks to Department of Educational, Scientific and Technological Affairs of LOCPGHK supported and assisted in liaison with HZMB Authority to make this visit succeeded.
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