The world’s longest sea bridge is scheduled to open Tuesday, October 23rd, linking the cities of Hong Kong and Macau to mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai (Guardian). The bridge is 55 kilometers long (34 miles) stretching longer than 14 Golden Gate Bridges lined up from end to end (LA times). The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge is a part of President Xi’s plan to create the Greater Bay Area connecting Hong Kong and Macau to 11 Chinese cities. Xi’s goal is to to create a high-tech region rivaling Silicon Valley. Requiring a special permit to be used by private cars, the bridge will mostly be used by freight vehicles and private shuttle buses (Guardian).
Originally expected to open in 2016, budget overruns and safety issues delayed the bridge opening date. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge cost $20 billion USD to build, with Hong Kong taxpayers paying 60% of the bill (LA Times). Reports claim an estimate of nine workers died and over 200 workers were injured while building the bridge (CNN). Chinese leaders President Xi and Premier Li Keqiang are plan to attend the opening of the bridge in Zhuhai on Tuesday (LA Times).
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