The government has chosen a Hong Kong contractor to oversee and manage the project and the budget of the construction of the fourth bridge between Macau and Taipa.
The MOP 188.37 million (US$ 23.54 million) contract was granted to Ove Arup & Partners Limited, a design and engineering solutions company operating in Hong Kong. The company will provide the service from 2017 to 2021.
Ove Arup & Partners Limited has worked in international projects such as the Sydney Opera House, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Beijing’s Water Cube.
The company was also hired by the Macau government in 2014 to elaborate the road infrastructure project on the Macau side for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB) at a cost of MOP 13.7 million, as well as a study for the extension of the LRT (Light Rail Transit) line to Hengqin island, also in 2014, in a consortium with China Railway Siyuan Limited worth almost MOP 90 million.
In September 2016, the government announced that the initial design of the fourth Macau-Taipa connection project was granted to CCCC Highway Consultants Co., Ltd., a mainland China-based infrastructure design company.
The project involves a 3.5 kilometre-long bridge linking the eastern side of the new artificial island for the HZMB – reclaimed on the outer shore of the Macau peninsula – to the land reclaimed near the Macau International Airport in Taipa, with a total cross-sea section of 2.87 kilometres.
No announcement has been made on who is building the fourth bridge between Macau and Taipa island.
According to the Business Daily the Office for the Development of Infrastructure (GDI) a feasibility study project for the bridge is being evaluated by the central government in Beijing.