Photo taken with a drone on Feb. 26, 2021 shows the erected double-arch steel bridge for the Cross Bay Link, Tseung Kwan O, in Hong Kong, China. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

Double-arch steel bridge for Cross Bay Link in Hong Kong erected

A prefabricated double-arch steel bridge for the Cross Bay Link, Tseung Kwan O, was erected on the bridge piers on Friday in Hong Kong using the “float-over method.”

Upon completion, it will be the longest span and heaviest steel arch bridge in Hong Kong and another landmark cross-sea structure.

The cross bay link in Tseung Kwan O is about 1.8 km long, of which 1 km is a marine viaduct and the steel bridge is an integral part of the marine viaduct.

The project team adopted the “float-over method” to construct the bridge which weighs over 10,000 tons, and the team also took the tidal conditions into account for the erection.

Photo taken on Feb. 25, 2021 shows the double-arch steel bridge and piers for the Cross Bay Link, Tseung Kwan O in preparation for installation in Hong Kong, China. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

This is the first time that the “float-over method” has been applied for bridge erection in China, said Kan Jun, director of the China Road and Bridge Corporation which is the contractor of the main bridge of the Link and associated works.

Kan said on Thursday that his team had conducted a meticulous analysis of every step to ensure smooth execution of the erection process.

Off-site fabrication and assembly, whole bridge delivery and on-site installation is adopted in the bridge project, Kan said, adding that it is a breakthrough that high strength S690 steel is used for arches of the bridge.

Photo taken with a drone on Feb. 26, 2021 shows the erected double-arch steel bridge for the Cross Bay Link, Tseung Kwan O, in Hong Kong, China. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

To increase efficiency, the 200-meter-long steel bridge components were prefabricated in the mainland and the bridge was delivered to Hong Kong on Jan. 16 from Nantong, eastern Jiangsu Province.

The “Eternity Arch” option is adopted for the appearance of the marine viaduct. Two outwardly leaning arches and the gradually narrowing piers form an inter-connected ring. To view from both shores, it appears as a mathematical symbol of infinity, which echoes with the vibrant town of Tseung Kwan O.

Spanning across Junk Bay and featuring a carriageway with a cycle track and footpath, the Cross Bay Link will connect the southeastern areas of Tseung Kwan O with the Tseung Kwan O-Lam Tin Tunnel. The project is scheduled for completion in 2022.