Completion the Hong Kong section of the bridge to Zhuhai and Macau may be put back by a year to the end of 2017, according to a new forecast.

The Hong Kong government’s highways department said that two projects linked to the bridge - the Hong Kong boundary crossing facilities and the Hong Kong Link Road -  may not be completed by the end of next year as scheduled.

This would have a knock-on effect on the opening of the Hong Kong – Zhuhai - Macau Bridge.

The highways department said the delay is due to construction difficulties and challenges including an unstable material supply, labour shortages, airport height restrictions, environmental protection requirements and complications concerning the reclamation works needed.

The three governments' joint works committee completed a preliminary assessment in September, which required all sides to refine their programme assessments.

A major section of the bridge itself was completed this month (link opens in new tab).