In October 2018, the world’s longest sea-crossing, connecting Hong Kong, Macau, and Zhuhai, was opened. Three cable-stayed bridges and one undersea tunnel, as well as two manmade islands, make up the remarkable bridge cum tunnel system, which spans 55 kilometers.
The 30-kilometer-long Main Bridge, which is actually a bridge plus a 6.7-kilometer-long undersea tunnel that dips beneath the Pearl River Estuary and rises at the other end just before the Hong Kong border, is the longest portion of the crossing. To avoid disturbing shipping lines, the undersea tunnel was created. The road then continues over a 9.4-kilometer viaduct to Chek Lap Kok, the island that houses Hong Kong International Airport.
The $20 billion Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge has been lauded as a vital component of the Greater Bay Area plan, which aims to link Hong Kong and Macau with 11 Chinese cities to create a high-tech area to rival Silicon Valley.
Despite billions of dollars invested by taxpayers, the bridge will not be accessible to public transportation. The link will only be open to private shuttle buses and freight vehicles. Private vehicles will be permitted to use it only after obtaining a specific permit.
When drivers traverse the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, they will be obliged to wear heart rate and blood pressure, monitors. The data will be transferred to the control center for the bridge. Security cameras will be installed to detect yawning. The “yawn cam,” according to the amusing planet reports, will trigger an alert if a driver yawns more than three times in 20 seconds.
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