World's longest sea bridge is completed after China spends £12bn and seven years building the mammoth overpass that stretches 34 MILES

Beijing: Construction on the world’s longest sea bridge connecting Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macao is complete. After seven years of construction, the 34-mile-long bridge is set to open at the end of the year.

It will cut travel time from Hong Kong to Zhuhai down to 30 minutes from 3 hours. After seven years of construction, the 34-mile-long bridge is set to open at the end of the year.

A view of the world’s longest cross-sea bridge which will cut down travel from Zhuhai to Hong Kong to just 30 minutes. Zhu Yongling, director of the management bureau of the bridge has confirmed that the bridge will open at the end of the year.

The bridge used 420,000 tonnes of steel which is enough to build 60 Eiffel Towers. It bridge’s total length is 55 kilometres (34 miles) making it 14 miles longer than the distance from Dover to Calais.

The bridge has cost some HK$ 112 billion (£12 billion). Video footage shows the sheer size of the completed main structure.

A bridge connecting Hong Kong with the southern Chinese province of Hong Kong will open later this year. An aerial view of the world’s longest cross-sea bridge in Zhuhai City, southern China’s Guangdong province.

An ongoing project: The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge stands under construction in Hong Kong in 2015. Yin Haiqing, a leading engineer on the project told Xinhua: ‘Due to lack of experience, it took us 96 hours to lay the first tube in the ocean and many engineers and workers hardly slept for four consecutive days.’

The bridge will cut travel time between Hong Kong and Zhuhai from three hours to just 30 minutes. However it hasn’t all gone smoothly. Aerial view of the world’s longest cross-sea bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai and cutting travel time.

This is the moment workers connected two sides of the world’s longest sea bridge which will open later this year. President Xi Jinping and Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam inspected the bridge. Workers connect the two sides of the world’s longest sea bridge seven years after construction began.

Seven workers have died and 129 have been injured since construction began in 2011. Most of them involved accidents where they slipped or fell from a high point.

In April, the Construction Site Workers General Union, the Labour Party and the Confederation of Trade Unions protested in Hong Kong calling on the government to improve workplace safety and calling on the government to investigate the accidents, reports Hong Kong Free Press. View of the Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.

A section of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge stands under construction in Hong Kong, China, on March 28, 2017. This is the moment workers connected the two sides of the world’s longest sea bridge – seven years after building first began.


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