World's longest sea-crossing bridge set to open between Hong Kong and China

The world’s longest sea-crossing bridge ever built is set to open. 

Just after nine years of construction, the $20 billion bridge will connect Hong Kong and Macau to the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai.

The 34 mile bridge is a key element in China’s plan for a Greater Bay area. According to CNN, proponents say it will cut travel time between cities from 3 hours down to 30 minutes.

Private car owners, however, will need a special permit forcing most drivers to park at the Hong Kong port and switch to a shuttle bus or special hire car which will cost between $8 to $10. 

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Cable cars move in front of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge off Lantau island in Hong Kong, China October 21, 2018, before its opening ceremony on October 23, 2018. Picture taken October 21, 2018. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
A sunset view of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge off Lantau island in Hong Kong, China October 21, 2018, before its opening ceremony on October 23. Picture taken October 21, 2018. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
A general view of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge is seen from a rooftop pool before its opening ceremony on October 23, in Zhuhai, China October 22, 2018 REUTERS/Aly Song TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Members of the media take pictures on the Hong Kong side of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge October 19, 2018, days before its opening ceremony. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
A general view of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge is seen before its opening ceremony on October 23, in Zhuhai, China October 22, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song
A general view of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge is seen from a rooftop pool before its opening ceremony on October 23, in Zhuhai, China October 22, 2018 REUTERS/Aly Song
A general view of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge is seen before its opening ceremony on October 23, in Zhuhai, China October 22, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song
An evening view of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge and its entrances to a cross sea tunnel, off Lantau island in Hong Kong, China October 21, 2018, before its opening ceremony on October 23, 2018. Picture taken October 21, 2018. REUTERS/Bobby Yip TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A man takes a selfie in front of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, before its opening ceremony on October 23, in Zhuhai, China October 22, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song
An evening view of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge showing the entrance to a cross sea tunnel from Zhuhai side, off Lantau island in Hong Kong, China October 21, 2018, before its opening ceremony on October 23, 2018. Picture taken October 21, 2018. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
A general view of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge is seen before its opening ceremony on October 23, in Zhuhai, China October 22, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song
A view on the Hong Kong side of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge October 19, 2018, days before its opening ceremony. REUTERS/Bobby Yip TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A view on the Hong Kong side of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge October 19, 2018, before its opening on October 23, 2018. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is seen in Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. The bridge, the world's longest cross-sea project, which has a total length of 55 kilometers (34 miles), will have opening ceremony in Zhuhai on Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is lit up in Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. The bridge, the world's longest cross-sea project, which has a total length of 55 kilometers (34 miles), will have opening ceremony in Zhuhai on Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Visitors chat with a lifeguard on a beach as they look at the Zhuhai-Macau-Hong Kong Bridge in Zhuhai in south China's Guangdong province, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. The bridge, the world's longest cross-sea project, which has a total length of 55 kilometers (34 miles), will have opening ceremony in Zhuhai on Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Photojournalists take photos of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge in Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. The bridge, the world's longest cross-sea project, which has a total length of 55 kilometers (34 miles), will have opening ceremony in Zhuhai on Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is seen against the sunset in Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. The bridge, the world's longest cross-sea project, which has a total length of 55 kilometers (34 miles), will have opening ceremony in Zhuhai on Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
In this Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, photo, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is lit up in Hong Kong. The bridge, the world's longest cross-sea project, which has a total length of 55 kilometers (34 miles), will have opening ceremony in Zhuhai on Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
In this Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, photo, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is lit up in Hong Kong. The bridge, the world's longest cross-sea project, which has a total length of 55 kilometers (34 miles), will have opening ceremony in Zhuhai on Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
A fisherman works near the rock islands against the Zhuhai-Macau-Hong Kong Bridge in Zhuhai in south China's Guangdong province, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. The bridge, the world's longest cross-sea project, which has a total length of 55 kilometers (34 miles), will have opening ceremony in Zhuhai on Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
In this Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, photo, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is seen against the sunset in Hong Kong. The bridge, the world's longest cross-sea project, which has a total length of 55 kilometers (34 miles), will have opening ceremony in Zhuhai on Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
In this Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, photo, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is lit up in Hong Kong. The bridge, the world's longest cross-sea project, which has a total length of 55 kilometers (34 miles), will have opening ceremony in Zhuhai on Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
A general view shows a section of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HKZM) in Hong Kong on October 22, 2018. - The world's longest sea-bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China will be launched October 23, at a time when Beijing seeks to tighten its grip on its territories. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
A general view shows a section of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HKZM) in Hong Kong on October 22, 2018. - The world's longest sea-bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China will be launched October 23, at a time when Beijing seeks to tighten its grip on its territories. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Commuters ride past a section of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HKZM) (back) on a ferry in Hong Kong on October 22, 2018. - The world's longest sea-bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China will be launched October 23, at a time when Beijing seeks to tighten its grip on its territories. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
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CNN reports that even with all of the positives, the bridge has faced some criticism, including the death of seven workers during construction, as well as another 275 injuries. 

Other critics point to the huge amount of money spent by Hong Kong, approximately $9 billion, when the city is reportedly dealing with an acute lack of public housing and widespread poverty.

Overcrowding in Hong Kong is a concern for many residents who worry that the city can't accommodate the large number of tourists.

Conservation experts previously told CNN they feared the bridge could be the final nail in the coffin for dolphins.

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