Friday, July 01, 2022

Bridge probe uncovers abnormal test results

A total of 346 concrete cube test results have been labelled as “problematic” since the investigation into the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge went underway, SCMP reports.

Last month, government-appointed contractor Jacobs China came under fire after 21 people were arrested for the falsification of test results relating to the construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.

The investigation conducted by the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) raised “serious safety concerns” over the multi-million dollar bridge, with the government launching an investigation into whether there would be any safety implications for the bridge.

One expert (quoted by SCMP) warned that in the worst-case scenario, the bridge might even have to be rebuilt.

While the test results were “problematic”, the strength of the concrete still complied with professional requirements, said the Civil Engineering and Development Department.

The results have been submitted to the Highways Department, and will be passed on to the contractors to determine the structural locations corresponding to the test results.

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