The first section of Lung Wo Road, which is part of the road network being constructed under the Central Reclamation Phase III (CRIII) project, will be open to traffic tomorrow (February 23).
The CRIII project aims to provide land for the construction of the Central-Wan Chai Bypass (CWB) and other essential transport infrastructure. With the CWB built underground, much of the new land formed under the CRIII project will provide the opportunity for us to create a vibrant, green, accessible and sustainable waterfront promenade in Central for public enjoyment. This vision is now part of the Conserving Central initiative announced by the Chief Executive in his 2009-10 Policy Address.
After years of strenuous effort, the project has now reached an advanced stage. Reclamation has been substantially completed and construction of the CWB is now actively progressing. All works under the CRIII project are expected to be completed by the end of 2011.
Lung Wo Road extends from Man Cheung Street eastwards (See Plan A attached). It is part of Road P2 which is designed to connect the existing Man Cheung Street in Central Reclamation Phase I (between the Airport Railway Station and Two International Finance Centre) via the land formed under the CRIII and Wan Chai Development Phase II (WDII) projects with Hung Hing Road to be realigned under the WDII project (See Plan B attached).
The first section of Lung Wo Road, between Man Yiu Street and Tim Wa Avenue in Central, will provide an alternative route for Wan Chai bound traffic to bypass the section of the very congested Connaught Road Central and avoid merging with other traffic heading for Admiralty and Mid-levels (see Plan C attached). This will provide some relief to the east bound traffic congestion currently encountered in the area.
Upon completion of the entire length of CWB from Rumsey Street Flyover to Island Eastern Corridor and the associated road networks scheduled for completion by 2017, Road P2 will distribute traffic from the strategic east-west traffic corridor formed by the CWB and the Rumsey Street Flyover to the neighbouring areas including Central, Admiralty, Mid-levels, Wan Chai, and vice versa from these areas to the corridor. The current traffic congestion problem at the Connaught Road Central-Harcourt Road-Gloucester Road corridor can then be resolved.
Ends/Monday, February 22, 2010
Issued at HKT 14:30