HK-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge: A target completion date too far

The ‘super bridge’ project that is being built across the Pearl River connecting Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai may not be opening on time by the end of next year as the transport minister of Hong Kong has announced a possible project completion delay of the city’s boundary crossing facilities and connecting works.
“It seems to me that Hong Kong’s boundary crossing facilities and connecting works cannot be finished in 2016,” Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing Leung said at a meeting with the Legislative Council on Friday. An update of the completion date will only be announced after a review to be finished by the Highways Department, Mr. Cheung added.
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, originally slated for completion in 2016, is a project that links Hong Kong with Gongbei in Zhuhai and A Perola in Macau.
Mr. Cheung made the remarks on top of the Hong Kong government’s request to inject an extra HK$5.46 billion into the project on Friday, for which the Legislative Council has signalled its support.
Accounting for cost rises in machinery, materials and labour for the requested budget increase, this additional injection will mean that a total of nearly HK$35.9 billion is to be spent on the reclaiming and developing of the artificial island off Lantau that is to host immigration facilities for the bridge.
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