US$1.2 billion Hong Kong contracts
By Andy Brown14 November 2019
The government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has awarded contracts for two road tunnels in the Kowloon Peninsula to Bouygues Travaux Publics, the subsidiary of Bouygues Construction.
The first contract concerns the construction of a 2.8km section of twin-tube tunnel linking Yau Ma Tei and Ma Tau Kok, two access tunnels and a ventilation shaft. The works, which are worth €364 million (US$400 billion), have already begun and the project commissioning is anticipated in 2025.
The second is a design-build-procurement contract for a 3.4km underwater road tunnel linking the former Kai Tak airport to Cha Kwo Ling, two ventilation buildings, electrical and mechanical services and additional road construction works.
The contract is valued at €756 million (US$831 million). The works will begin before the end of the year, and the project commissioning is anticipated in 2026.
These projects form part of a new trunk road under construction, known as Route 6. When completed, Route 6 will provide a rapid east-west link between West Kowloon and the town of Tseung Kwan O. It will also relieve congestion on existing roads in the centre of Kowloon.
Both projects are said to have complex geology and a dense urban environment, requiring a variety of excavation methods.