China has officially opened the world’s longest sea crossing bridge which is 55 kilometers long. It starts in Zhuhai and links China to Hong Kong and Macau. It is one of the most unusual roadways of the world.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam participated on the opening ceremony of the bridge in Zhuhai on Monday. The bridge took nine years to build and costed a total of $20 billion.
It includes an underwater tunnel which allows ships to cross the Pearl river, while cutting down travel time in an area of major economic importance to China.
While being the longest bridge of the world, it also has some unusual things.
The bridge has cameras to detect yawing and if the driver yawns more that 3 times in 20 seconds, then the the “Yawn cam” will raise an alert. The drivers need to wear heart monitors before entering the bridge. All the information will be sent to bridge’s control center.
The bridge is not accessible to everyone. The drivers need a special permit to drive across the bridge. The bridge is only accessible to the political members and charity donors. It is also accessible to people who pay significant taxes. Everyone else will have to take a private shuttle bus to travel.
Also there is a little problem of on which side to travel. In main land China drivers drive on the right whereas in Hong Kong and Macau, drivers travel on the left. However, the bridge is considered Chinese territory so drivers will have to travel on the right side.
The city’s transport department says that everyone has to “comply with the law and regulations of the mainland while on it”.
The bridge will be open to traffic from Wednesday.