Macau (MNA) – The Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT) is currently conducting a geological survey to prepare for the construction of an underwater tunnel connecting reclaimed Zone A and Zone B, a notice from the Bureau revealed on Monday.
The survey includes collecting geological data from the area by conducting underwater topographic map measurements, underwater facility survey, and engineering geological drilling.
The DSSOPT has completed a survey of the underwater topography map measurement and underwater facility, and is currently drilling the soil in the area for sampling.
The completion of the entire survey is slated for this month, stated the Bureau.
Spanning 1,400 metres, the underwater tunnel will be built under the Amizade Bridge and the channel for ships and ferries.
The tunnel is designed for standard two-way four lanes equipped with an emergency evacuation passageway, as well as two separate passageways underneath the lanes for escape and pipelines.
The Bureau said that the taskforce deployed to design the tunnel is improving the preliminary design prior to evaluation of the surrounding environment in compliance with national regulations set forth by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.
The DSSOPT added that public participation in the project will be announced later, without further specification.