Hong Kong awards Central-Wan Chai Bypass tunnel

$622m contract goes to China State Construction Engineering

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Hong Kong’s Highways Department has signed a $622m contract with China State Construction Engineering for the Central-Wan Chai Bypass.

The contract involves the construction of a 300m-long section of twin-box tunnel under the seabed of Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter and a 150m-long slip-road tunnel beneath the existing Victoria Park Road and the northern part of Victoria Park.

Director of highways Lau Ka-keung said this was the final contract for tunnel construction under the project.

"With the commissioning of the project, the travelling time between Central and the Island Eastern Corridor at North Point via the bypass will take only five minutes,” said Lau. “It will relieve the traffic congestion along Connaught Road Central, Harcourt Road and Gloucester Road.”

The overall project is a 4.5km dual three-lane carriageway with a 3.7km tunnel connecting Central to the corridor at North Point via Wan Chai and Causeway Bay. Construction works for the project started in 2009 and will be completed in 2017.

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