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Old June 25th, 2016, 06:48 PM   #541
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Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge expected to boost hotel industry
23 June 2016
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The future landscape of the hotel market in Hong Kong and Macau was discussed yesterday at the Business Luncheon of American Chamber of Commerce in Macau at the St. Regis hotel.

The speaker, Chun-Kong Lau, international director and head of Valuation Advisory Services of Jones Lang LaSalle Limited, emphasized the importance of tourism in the growth of Macau’s economy.

Lau stressed that Macau has a lot to offer, especially now that the hotel rooms in the region have increased in number and improved in quality over the years.

He noted that the number of luxury hotel rooms in Macau has already overtaken that of Hong Kong.

“The room size itself and the facilities [that are] offered in the hotels have a lot of attractions and these appeal to the visitors, no matter [visitors from] Hong Kong, China or overseas,” the real estate expert said.

Lau added that attracting high-rollers was the “right move” for the city, given the current trend of more wealthy tourists investing in “creating good experiences.”

He said that the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-*Macau Bridge (HKZMB) will play a vital role in encouraging visitors from across the Pearl River Delta to visit Macau, as the traveling time and costs will both be reduced.

The HKZMB is expected to help generate non-gaming revenues in the city, as incoming tourists will be attracted to larger retail spaces and the food and beverage offerings at the city’s hotels.

Lau also commended the local government for driving innovation in its creative industries.

“These are all non-gaming [activities and] all of these would be able to help Macau to grow further. These will help diversify the economic base,” Lau stressed.

Although Lau believes that the bridge will create several economic benefits, he is unsure whether it will generate a “significant or large amount” of income. The three regions have invested a staggering sum of over HKD110 billion in the bridge to date.

The discussion also focused on the significance of the region’s MICE industry. Events facilities and convention halls like the Cotai Arena are already a major attraction for several guests.
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Old July 1st, 2016, 02:51 AM   #542
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According to the mainland media, the final segment has been installed on the bridge, bridging the two completed main segments. The bridge section is now structurally complete, and ready to be paved.

I will post a link to the Chinese news source in my next post (this is my 10th, so I can't post links yet), but below is a (very) rough translation of the relevant bits of the article for those who can't read the language:

"HZMB main structures linked, steel used is equivalent of 60 Eiffel towers

At 23.30 on 28/6, two bridge cranes hoisted an approximately 8.6m-long steel box girder into the Jianghai channel gap; this is the last steel box girder of the main bridge structure. At 00.45 on 29/6, the hoisting and installation was completed successfully. At 10am on the 29th, Zhu Yongling, the director of HZMB, announced the welding of the Jianghai channel gap, which symbolises that the HZMB's main bridge structure has been successfully linked."
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Old July 1st, 2016, 02:52 AM   #543
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http://news.sina.com.cn/c/nd/2016-06...n7782775.shtml

"港珠澳大桥主体合龙 用钢量可建60座埃菲尔铁塔

新快报记者在相关部门了解到,6月28日23时30分,两台桥面吊机将一段长约8.6米的中跨钢箱梁吊入江海直达船航道桥合龙口,这是港珠澳大桥主体桥梁 的最后一段钢箱梁。29日零时45分,吊装顺利完成。29日上午10时,港珠澳大桥管理局朱永灵局长宣布江海直达船航道桥合龙段开焊,这标志着港珠澳大桥 主体桥梁成功合龙。"

The article also says that the tunnel section is now over 80% complete:

"岛隧工程完成超过80%"
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Old July 26th, 2016, 05:38 PM   #544
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Note the boundary crossing island taking shape to the right of the airport island :

Cable car ride to Ngong Ping June 02, 2016_DSC3893 by Jesse Yabut, on Flickr
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Old July 31st, 2016, 04:05 AM   #545
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So when will this project be opened to traffic? Later this year?
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Old July 31st, 2016, 05:26 AM   #546
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So when will this project be opened to traffic? Later this year?
End of 2017.
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Old August 3rd, 2016, 04:46 PM   #547
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The Standard Excerpt
Bridge project wiping out dolphins
August 3, 2016

Hong Kong's iconic Chinese white dolphins are dwindling fast and fresh evidence show an alarming 60 percent plunge in their numbers in one year due mainly to the construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.

World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong fears the dolphins will face a graver situation when construction of the airport's third runway starts as it involves reclamation of four times more land than the bridge and as it takes double the time to build.

The group urged the government to designate waters off Tai O as West Lantau Marine Park immediately and lay down a timetable to expand marine protected areas to cover at least 10 percent of Hong Kong waters.

According to the latest annual dolphin monitoring report of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, the number of dolphins in western Hong Kong waters -- from Tuen Mun to Sokos -- is 65 between April 2015 and March 2016. The number stood at 87 the year before.

The dolphins face unprecedented risk, said Samantha Lee, WWF's assistant conservation manager of marine.

Between 2003 and 2015, the number of dolphins found in north Lantau dropped from 102 to 10.

No sightings were reported in northeast Lantau last year, which used to be the cetacean's core habitat. Northwest Lantau posted an 88 per cent plunge in cetacean sightings over the past 13 years.

The percentage of juvenile dolphins also dropped to a historic low in the past 14 years. The green group attributed the shift in habitats to the construction of the bridge and the increased marine traffic in the area.

"Reclamation could bring irreversible detriment to dolphins, as the filling of reclamation pollutes the water, reduces their food supply and affects their health. The frequent sailing of construction ships also interferes with dolphins as they use sonar to navigate through the ocean," Lee said.

The government should designate the waters off Tai O as West Lantau Marine Park, Lee said, as the waters off Tai O and West Lantau are the core habitats now.

Designating the coastal waters as marine park will link current and future marine protection areas in the north and southwest Lantau, forming a network of protection to the remaining prime habitats and travelling corridors of dolphins.

The group also urged the government to lay down a timetable to expand marine protected areas to cover at least 10 percent of Hong Kong waters, compared to the current level of 1.5 percent. Lee said the percentage is tiny compared to the 40 percent coverage of country parks.

"After the waters are designated as marine protection area, developments will be avoided, activities that may have ecological impact like fishing will be controlled and ships will be limited to sail at 10 nautical miles per hour. The marine protection area will have a conservation effect to the species there," she said.
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The satellite view of Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge project and the Zhujiang River estuary

Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge Project by DMCii, on Flickr
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According to this video, the road surfacing of the bridge officially started on August 23. The video also includes some footage shot on the bridge itself.
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The Standard Excerpt
Landmark for giant bridge but problems remain
Sept. 28, 2016

The 22.9-kilometer main structure of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge was completed yesterday when three channel bridges were connected after nearly seven years of construction.

But the 55km cross-border link is not due to start operating until Hong Kong's side is completed next year.

A ceremony took place in Zhuhai, marking the completion of the main bridge body off that city's coast, after the connection of the Qingzhou Channel, the Jiuzhou Port Channel and Jianghai Channel.

More work to polish the bridge surface has to be done, including paving asphalt on the bridge deck and laying cables. Only construction vehicles can drive on the bridge for the time being.

The lifespan of the bridge is up to 120 years, says the bridge administration.

It has also been designed to withstand super typhoons, a 30-tonne ship collision, and up to a magnitude-eight earthquake.

The main bridge has 79 expansion joints over the structure's surface, while 190 deep-water pile caps are buried under the seabed for flood prevention - reportedly the first of its kind.

"How do these bridge pillars stand in water? said Su Quanke, chief engineer of the bridge administration. "Actually, there's a pile cap built beneath the seabed. It's innovative."

With construction work starting in December 2009, the world's longest cross-sea bridge, when completed at a cost of over 105 billion yuan (HK$122.1 billion), includes a 6.7km underwater tunnel and two artificial islands, and is expected to reduce driving time from Hong Kong to Zhuhai from more than three hours to just over 30 minutes.

However, construction work seems to be lagging behind for its Hong Kong portion, with problems of drifting of artificial islands, delays and cost overruns.

The SAR government still puts the completion target at late 2017.
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Delayed bridge costs stretch wider
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Feb. 10, 2017

Hong Kong may have to pay more than the budgeted HK$117 billion for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge project due to cost overruns on the main bridge.

The main bridge is in mainland waters, but the cost of its construction is to be shared by Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau.

"The final costs for building the main bridge may end up higher than expected due to difficulties encountered during construction, including shortage of labor," Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung told reporters after a tour of the bridge's Hong Kong section yesterday. "But there is no exact number so far."

There will not be more cost overruns in the Hong Kong portion, including the bridge's boundary crossing facilities and link road, he said. If the 29.6-kilometer main bridge incurred any extra costs, it would be split in these proportions: 42.9 percent for Hong Kong, 44.5 percent for Zhuhai and 12.5 percent for Macau.

At present, the governments of Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai shoulder 42 percent of the estimated costs of the 38 billion yuan project: Beijing paid seven billion yuan, Hong Kong 6.7 billion yuan and Macau 1.9 billion yuan for the main bridge.

Another 58 percent, or about 22 billion yuan, came from bank loans arranged by the Bank of China. It will be repaid from revenue generated after the bridge's launch.

The mega project's Hong Kong section, whose construction began in 2011, is at least 12 months behind the original target of completion by the end of 2016.

But Cheung rejected reports that Hong Kong is dragging its feet on the project. Construction progress of the city's section of the 55-km cross-border link is on a par with the other sections, and Hong Kong "will not be the last" to finish its portion, he said.
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Seawalls collapsed in bridge project linking Hong Kong to Zhuhai and Macau, highways chief admits
But Daniel Chung Kum-wah says issue, disclosed only on Monday despite its discovery in 2014, now resolved
February 20, 2017
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The troubled multibillion dollar bridge linking Hong Kong to Zhuhai and Macau was hit with another controversy yesterday as the highways chief admitted two seawalls on reclaimed land along the east coast of the Airport island collapsed over two years ago due to irregular extensions by up to 10 metres.

Despite discovering the irregular movements of the two seawalls involving an area of 5,500 sq metres in late 2014, the Highways Department did not disclose the incident until yesterday following a media report which accused the body of a cover-up.

Civic Party lawmaker Tanya Chan Suk-chong yesterday called for all relevant government officials to attend a Legislative Council environmental affairs panel meeting next week to give a full account of the incident.

“It may involve a cover-up and illegal land reclamation to the detriment of public interests. This matter is really serious and we hope all the involved officials will give us a full account,” she said.

Director of Highways Daniel Chung Kum-wah admitted yesterday that in October and November 2014, on-site supervisors discovered two seawalls – one measuring 300 metres long and another 250 metres long – had extended by about 5 metres to 10 metres.

As the movements were serious, the Highways Department immediately demanded that the contractor responsible – China State Construction Engineering (Hong Kong) – review the problems and suggest remedial works, he said.

The land reclamation involves 23 hectares of land and the construction of seawalls, connecting the HK$25 billion stretch of Hong Kong’s bridge section to the boundary-crossing facilities located on an artificial island.

In early 2015, the contractor submitted two investigation reports with remedial work proposals to the department which had informed relevant government bodies. In the middle of that year, the company was allowed to build consolidation works at the seawalls and it was completed by the end of 2015.
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