Bouygues wins Hong Kong/Macao bridge contract

By Sarah Ann McCay09 June 2012

Construction of the world’s longest sea crossing has started, just 18 months after the completion of

Construction of the world’s longest sea crossing has started, just 18 months after the completion of the previous record holder. The 50 km-long, Y-shaped crossing will link Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau with

Dragages Hong Kong and VSL, subsidiaries of French contractor Bouygues, in a joint venture with China Harbour, have been awarded a US$1.6 billion contract to complete the first section of a bridge between Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macao. The contract is the largest ever design-build contract awarded in Hong Kong.

The joint venture will work on a 9.4 km stretch of bridge linking International Airport Island to the boundary of Hong Kong territorial waters. This bridge will support a three-lane dual carriageway over Hong Kong's deep western waters. Work will begin in mid-2012 and is scheduled for completion in 2016.

The contract also includes electrical and mechanical engineering works, the installation of marine navigational aids, a ship impact protection system, and bridge maintenance and monitoring management systems.

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