In usual fashion, China has officially launched its 55km bridge and tunnel which turns out to be the world’s longest sea bridge.
We’re guessing China’s general theme for construction is “Go big, or go home,” as the country keeps finding new and increasingly nerve-racking ways to attract and entertain tourists. The design is such that the entire bridge is about 20 times the length of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
The 55km Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge spans the Pearl River Delta and goes underwater for 6.7km midway through the help of two artificial islands so that large cargo ship containers can pass above. Its construction was such a challenge that it took almost a decade, marred by budget overshoots, delays and safety issues.
The construction began in 2009 and was slated to open in 2016 but was delayed for another two years before the final commissioning date was suddenly released for Tuesday, October 23.