Bridge seen as major driver of developmentLocal | Stella Wong 20 Feb 2018
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge has been hailed as a project that will help in the development of a greater bay area similar to how the Brooklyn Bridge led to the formation and rise of the New York big bay area,.
The prediction came from the deputy director of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge Authority, Yu Lie.
Major works on the overall 55 kilometers of the bridge have been completed, and the authority has now announced that an approval meeting in Zhuhai on February 6 had cleared the completed portion of the 26.6-km main bridge.
Yu pointed out it will take only half an hour to go from Zhuhai to Hong Kong once the bridge opens.
He also said that communications and operations among the three entities building and being linked by the bridge shows how "one country, two systems" can work while helping to boost the formation of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area and helping in the development of transportation and the region's economy.
Su Yi, assistant to the chief of the authority, said policy formulation on a transport quota system, toll rates, cross-boundary shuttle buses, insurance and custom clearance have all been completed.
And Hong Kong Secretary for Transport and Housing Frank Chan Fan referred on a radio program during the weekend to the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge as a project of the century.
Chan expressed an eagerness to use the bridge immediately after it is opened in the second quarter of this year.
He also recalled taking in the "magnificent view" of the bridge when he was flying into Hong Kong.
Chan went on to say he was looking forward to the launch of three cross-boundary projects as they will make people's lives much more convenient.
The three projects are the bridge, the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link and the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point.
Meanwhile, the bridge was a highlight of the new year gala presented by CCTV, with a dazzling performance showcasing China's driverless/unmanned technology.
More than 100 driverless cars moved in the shape of an 8 on the bridge, 300 unmanned planes took on the form of a dolphin leaping above the bridge, while more than 100 unmanned vessels sailed under the bridge in the shape of an arrow.