Looking into suggestion

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 April, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 April, 1993, 12:00am

I REFER to a letter from Mr R. H. Semken (South China Morning Post, March 15) concerning the narrow road above Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir dam.

Tai Tam Road above Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir dam is rather narrow, being about five metres wide, and this is not sufficient for large vehicles in two directions to pass through at the same time.

Various traffic measures to ease the problem have been considered including the installation of traffic light signals at both ends of the dam to regulate traffic. The scheme is however not feasible as it involves much lost time which will lead to unnecessary traffic congestion.

To prohibit wide vehicles to use this section of the road is also not practical as there is no reasonable alternative route. Vehicles prohibited have to make an extremely long detour, the shortest one being the Aberdeen Tunnel.

Access via the Eastern Corridor, as suggested by Mr Semken, would take even longer.

The suggestion to widen the road by replacing the existing masonry wall with safety barriers is being investigated by this department together with the Highways and Water Supplies departments.

W. K. S. LIEW for Commissioner for Transport