Macau (MNA) – The Director of the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT), Li Canfeng, said on Friday that the future underwater tunnel connection between Macau and Taipa will have six lanes and with an Light Rail Train (LRT) line to pass through it.
“We’re doing studies on the fifth connection [between Macau and Taipa] project. It will have about two kilometres, with six lanes. We’re in the planning phase and the LRT will pass through it,” the DSSOPT head said today during the 2019 Policy Address on Transport and Public Works at the Legislative Assembly (AL).
This week the DSSOPT announced that Chinese state-owned company CCCC Highway Consultants received a MOP99.2 million (US$12.3 million) contract for the preliminary design, geotechnical survey and study of the underwater tunnel near Ponte Governador Nobre de Carvalho, with an 800 days deadline granted for the project to be finished.
This week the Secretary for Transport and Public Works Raimundo Arrais do Rosário also indicated that there will not be an LRT line in the future fourth bridge, which will connect the reclaimed areas in Macau Zone A and Taipa Zone E1.
In April, the supplementary study on the feasibility of constructing the fourth bridge was approved by the Chinese central government with the public tender having opened on December 5.
The tender will last until February 27, with the design and construction of the fourth bridge expected to take some four years to finish.
Macau is currently connected to Taipa by three bridges, Governador Nobre de Carvalho, Amizade Bridge and Sai Van Bridge.
Secretary Rosario previously indicated that after completing the LRT Taipa Line, its Barra station and the Seac Pai Van Pine, priority would be given to develop the LRT East Line, which will connect the Taipa Ferry Terminal and the Gongbei Border, passing through Zone A.
During the Policy Address session today, Secretary Rosario stated he could not yet provide the exact date in 2019 when the Taipa LRT line will open for service.
According to the Transportation Infrastructure Office (GIT) Coordinator, Ho Cheong Kei, the department currently had 110 LRT carriages at its disposal with the line only needing 42 upon the line opening, but able to hold a maximum of 84 carriages.