China begins construction of worlds longest cross-sea bridge
View of a handout artists rendition of the artificial island of the entrance of the tunnel in Hong Kong, the eastern start of the HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. China on Tuesday (December 15, 2009) began construction of the worlds longest cross-sea bridge linking its southern economic hub Guangdong Province to Hong Kong and Macao, a move widely expected to bring economic ties closer. The Y-shaped Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge will have a total length of almost 50 km, of which about 35 km will be built over the sea, making it the longest cross-sea bridge in the world, said Zhu Yongling, an official in charge of the project construction. It will be built according to the six-lane expressway standard with a vehicle speed limit of 100 km per hour. The entire project is estimated to cost almost 73 billion yuan (US$10.7 billion), which will be shared by authorities on the
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