Hong Kong Link Road to be connected this month


The Hong Kong Link Road of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge will be fully connected this month, according to an announcement by the Highways Department late last week. This marks an important milestone for the project, according to the group. The 12-kilometre road connects the Main Bridge of the HKZM infrastructure project on the mainland to the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities.
“The casting of all tunnel box segments in the link road’s Scenic Hill Tunnel has been completed,” wrote the Hong Kong department, pointing specifically to “the last part of the segment being jacked to its final position underneath the Airport Express Line.”
The Highways department revealed that the road surfacing, installation of road facilities for the link road, as well as the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities are still on-going.
The department also expressed that there had been complications in carrying out the construction of the road.
“To build the link road in close proximity to the Hong Kong International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world, the department has faced difficulties during planning and construction,” stated the department.
A recent document released by the Hong Kong Labour Department claims that a total of five deaths and 235 injuries had occurred on the bridge construction sites between 2011 and the third quarter of 2016.
Apart from the fatalities during the construction, the Hong Kong Secretary for Transport and Housing disclosed details earlier this year about the cost overruns of the colossal bridge, with the extra costs to be shared between the three governments.
Construction on the bridge started in 2009, and was originally budgeted to cost some RMB15.73 billion (MOP18.27 billion/US$2.29 billion) with Macau to contribute RMB1.98 billion.
Meanwhile, CCCC Fourth Harbour Engineering Co., Ltd., the contractor of the border, claimed last month that the construction of the Macau Border facilities for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is slated for completion by the end of this year.
The MSAR Government also expects the city’s two links – namely, the one connecting the Peninsula to the reclamation area of Zone A, and the other connecting Zone A to the artificial island – to be completed in the third and fourth quarters of this year, respectively.