Four groups to bid for Route 9 study
Four consultancy groups have been selected by the Highways Department to bid for a detailed feasibility study into plans to build the $7 billion Route 9 expressway between Kowloon and Tsing Yi island.
The eight-kilometre combined bridge and tunnel link will bypass the Kwai Chung section of Route 3, which is expected to reach saturation by 2006, according to traffic planners.
Construction of Route 9 could start by 2000 and finish in 2004. Officials hope the completion will coincide with the opening of Route 16, an west-east highway from West Kowloon to Sha Tin.
Route 9 will also become a strategic connection between the main container terminal complex at Kwai Chung and container terminal 9 on the opposite side of the Rambler Channel. Work on the 12-month assignment is expected to start in August.
The scheme includes the 1.4 km Nam Wan tunnel, to be built in the southern part of Tsing Yi island, and 4.8 km of elevated highway that includes the Stonecutters bridge and Ngong Shuen Chau viaduct.
The 2.5 km bridge will span the Rambler Channel and connect container terminals 9 and 8. The Ngong Shuen Chau viaduct will run through the Kwai Chung container port to connect with the West Kowloon reclamation.
Of the four groups, sources said the Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick & Partners, Mott Connell, and Charles Haswell & Partners (FE) venture was the strongest, with extensive tunnel and bridge design experience.
They lead Leonhardt Andra & Partner, Wilbur Smith Associates, Parsons Brinckerhoff (Asia), DNV Consultancy Services HK and Eagle Lyon Pope Associates. Subcontractors include Mott Connell and Leonhardt Andra & Partner, who designed the Tsing Ma and Kap Shui Mun bridges.
Another group consists of Atkins China leading Schlaich Bergemann Partnership, Faithful & Gould, Parsons Brinckerhoff Asia, Hydraulics Water Research (Asia), Au Posford Consultants, BMT Fluid Mechanics and the Highway Planning and Design Institute.
Halcrow Asia Partnership and Mouchel Asia are fronting MVA Asia, Steinman, Urbis and Au Posford Consultants. Hyder Consulting is leading DRC Consultants, Wilbur Smith Associates, Geoconsult, Au Posford Consultants, Urbis, Aspinwall Clouston and Risk Policy Analysts.