Lion Rock hold-ups expected

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 August, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 August, 1993, 12:00am

TRAFFIC restrictions will be imposed from tomorrow morning at the Lion Rock tunnels to make way for a $66 million renovation.

The works, that begin on a busy holiday weekend, are scheduled to take 15 months.

A traffic flow arrangement will be enforced during the first seven months while renovation is conducted on the tunnel approach roads north towards the Hung Mui Kuk interchange.

During that period two southbound lanes will be open between 6 am and 4 pm and two northbound ones between 4 pm and midnight to minimise impact on peak hour commuters.

The tunnels will resume to two-lane traffic when renovations move to the road surface between the interchange and toll plaza.

Bus services that use the tunnels are to be reinforced, said Assistant Commissioner for Transport, Alan Lui Sung-yee.

He urged motorists to use alternative roads to travel between Kowloon and the New Territories, including the Shing Mun and Tate's Cairn tunnels, and switch to public transport during the renovation period.

The project, the first of its kind since the tunnels were opened in 1967 and 1978 respectively, includes improvements to road bend elevation, interchange road design, overhead gantry sign, lighting and drainage.