The Lion Rock Tunnel has been in operation for more than half a century. It is a major road connecting the New Territories and Kowloon. The traffic is becoming more and more busy, and traffic jams are a daily occurrence.
The government plans to carry out major renovations. In addition to building the existing southbound tunnel to three-lane traffic, it also plans to build a three-lane traffic tunnel with a length of about 1.4 kilometers between the existing two tunnels to replace the existing northbound tunnel.
After the scheme is completed, the Lion Rock Tunnel will become a three-lane two-way tunnel.
Lion Rock Tunnel (file photo)
First build a new three-lane traffic pipeline
The Lion Rock Tunnel connects Kowloon Tong and Tai Wai. The southbound tunnel was opened in 1967 and the northbound tunnel was opened to traffic in 1978.
According to documents submitted by the Highways Department to the District Council earlier, structures such as the ceiling and carriageway of the pipeline have obvious signs of wear and tear and aging.
In addition, as the usage of the tunnel is expected to increase day by day, in addition to the repairs, consideration is also given to increasing the vehicle capacity to relieve traffic congestion during peak hours.
The Highways Department launched an investigation and study on the improvement of the Lion Rock Tunnel in March 2019. After studying different options, it was determined that the project requires the construction of a new pipeline that can provide three traffic lanes.
The department's document continued that after the completion of the new pipeline, the southbound tunnel pipeline will be closed for renovation and expanded to three lanes, and vehicles heading towards Kowloon will use the completed new pipeline.
The Government intends to construct a new pipeline between the existing northbound and southbound pipelines of the Lion Rock Tunnel to replace the original northbound pipeline.
(Documents from Kowloon City District Council)
A group initiated a request to convert the existing northbound tunnel for pedestrians and bicycles
When the original southbound tunnel pipeline project is completed, it will be restarted for use in the southbound direction; the new pipeline will be converted into a northbound tunnel for vehicles heading for Shatin. At that time, the southbound and northbound pipelines will provide three-lane traffic. .
In addition to the above works, the project also includes the expansion of the south and northbound roads connecting the tunnels.
The department estimates that after the expansion project is completed, it will be sufficient to meet the estimated traffic flow. After the preliminary design is completed, the project will be gazetted and an application for funding from the Legislative Council will be submitted, but the target date for completion has not yet been disclosed.
The department's document did not disclose how the existing northbound tunnel pipeline would be handled after the completion of the works.
The Facebook pages "Kowloon Green Channel" and "Street Change" recently proposed to open the channel to pedestrians and cyclists.
The special page also launched a joint signature on the proposal, which has collected nearly 1,300 signatures. It is hoped that the Highways Department will consider the proposal.
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