25 Miles Long Bridge Connecting Hong Kong, Zhuhai And Macau Is World’s Longest Sea Bridge
The world has a total of seven wonders altogether. But there is one country in the world that actually has nine. It’s natural and man-made wonders never ceased to amaze us.
The country of China has been known in the past for its ambitious engineering projects such as the FAST telescope, the Suhua Highway, and the Zhongnan Highway Tunnel.
On November 4, 2003, construction began on the Hangzhou Bay Bridge. It is 39km (25 miles) long and opened to commercial travel on May 1, 2008. At the time it was the longest bridge in the world that crossed the ocean.
China has once against flexed its pocketbooks and sheer manpower once again with another engineering marvel that can be added to the growing list of “Wonders of China.” The country has once again built the longest ocean-crossing bridge in the world with the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.
The project took over 400,000 tons of steel to complete. It extends 55km (36 miles). To put that into perspective, it is 20 times the length of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge connects city-state Hong Kong, Macau, and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai. It is designed to withstand typhoons, earthquakes, and ‘accidental ship strikes.’
Originally, the opening had been scheduled for 2016 but was delayed substantially. The opening wasn’t even confirmed until a few hours before it happened. The endeavor was quite expensive, with Hong Kong having invested $15.3 billion. It was also rumored to have gone $1 billion over budget.
Mainland Chinese authorities and Hong Kong authorities also both reported a total of nine worker deaths.
A select few private cars will require a permit to cross, with only buses and commercial vehicles allowed to frequent the bridge. Local taxis are not allowed, unfortunately.
Though it was intended to promote the economy of the places it’s now connected, some feel it was unnecessary.
Would you make the nerve-racking journey through the four miles of underwater tunnel and 32 miles of asphalt to cut down on your commute to deliver a package?