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Old February 13th, 2011, 04:13 PM   #741
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Reclamation project takes shape
12 February 2011
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Seventeen per cent of the last remaining reclamation project in Victoria Harbour has been completed.

The project, to reclaim 12.7 hectares of seabed, began in late 2009 to provide a link for the Central-Wan Chai Bypass tunnel to the Island Eastern Corridor to ease traffic congestion along the northern shore of Hong Kong Island. The land formed above the tunnel will be used as a public promenade.

The Development Bureau said the project was scheduled to be finished in 2017, one year later than planned.

The Wan Chai project was delayed by legal disputes. In 2008, the government was forced to reveal and then review the scope of temporary reclamation - planned to provide road construction - after the Court of First Instance, in a judicial review sought by the Society for Protection of the Harbour, ruled that not just permanent but also temporary reclamation had to satisfy an overriding public need.

Since the Court of Final Appeal ruled in 2004 that any harbour reclamation would have to satisfy overriding public need, the government had not proposed any new reclamation.

Meanwhile, 86 per cent of the Central reclamation project, started in 2003, is completed. Eighteen hectares of land to provide a new shoreline is already formed, with construction of a bypass tunnel, roads, drainage work and a waterfront promenade under way. The entire project is scheduled to be finished by the end of this year.

While the bypass goes largely underground, reclaimed land above it will provide several sites for developing commercial and recreational facilities. The promenade landscape design is completed and the Harbourfront Commission is considering management models for developments.
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Old February 27th, 2011, 02:29 AM   #742
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Old March 1st, 2011, 04:04 PM   #743
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^ Ah ... they've closed the Wanchai dog park and started to reclaim the shoreline out bit by bit. I actually liked that park a lot ...
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Old March 1st, 2011, 04:12 PM   #744
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^ Ah ... they've closed the Wanchai dog park and started to reclaim the shoreline out bit by bit. I actually liked that park a lot ...
The park was closed some time mid-last year. It's been a while.
But there will be a bigger park in the future, wait for the better.
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 12:05 PM   #745
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Is this part of SCL? I saw the crane the day after they approved SCL's initial funding
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 01:56 PM   #746
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They've been reclaiming the land for some time already though. Saw the whole section of sea cordoned off back in Jan.
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 07:57 PM   #747
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Is this part of SCL? I saw the crane the day after they approved SCL's initial funding
The trenching inside the typhoon shelter is definitely for the Central-Wan Chai Bypass, because only the CWB has permission to reclaim within the shelter.

The other one is part of the Wan Chai Reclamation Phase II, so it is probably a site for both CWB and SCL. And since SCL is below CWB, it would make sense SCL goes in first before CWB.
But I can't tell are these cranes and piling were working for the WCRP II, SCL or the CWB by looking from just outside.
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Old March 6th, 2011, 04:29 PM   #748
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Here's a wider shot. Note the cranes and barriers erected in the water :

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Old March 7th, 2011, 04:35 AM   #749
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http://www.hyd.gov.hk/chi/major/road...9th/SK0048.pdf
graphics from Highway Department of HK, showing the new highway and land reclamation.....finally, after years of asking for a reclamation map w/o success.
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Old March 25th, 2011, 06:39 PM   #750
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By 冰清 from a Chinese photography forum :

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http://www.hyd.gov.hk/chi/major/road...9th/SK0048.pdf
graphics from Highway Department of HK, showing the new highway and land reclamation.....finally, after years of asking for a reclamation map w/o success.
I can see that they are widening the route coming out from HKCEC towards the CHT. Is it true that we may see quite a bit of congestion tailing back into HKCEC someday...?

I can also see that Slip Road 8 required a bit of land from Victoria Park. Is that confirmed?
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I can see that they are widening the route coming out from HKCEC towards the CHT. Is it true that we may see quite a bit of congestion tailing back into HKCEC someday...?

I can also see that Slip Road 8 required a bit of land from Victoria Park. Is that confirmed?
Just realized the CWB is going to abandon the current Convention Road, and build a wider one over the current open water under HKCEC.

By design, it probably assumed most Kowloon-bound traffic from Central will head to the WHC with little going to CHT. In reality? The only way get to CHT from HKCEC is via Fleming Road, and Hung Hing Road is bus only, so the congestion may be true if the current unbalanced flow continue.

That slip road coming on and off Expo Drive Central looks kind of funky, will be interesting to see how is it actually designed.
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Just realized the CWB is going to abandon the current Convention Road, and build a wider one over the current open water under HKCEC.

By design, it probably assumed most Kowloon-bound traffic from Central will head to the WHC with little going to CHT. In reality? The only way get to CHT from HKCEC is via Fleming Road, and Hung Hing Road is bus only, so the congestion may be true if the current unbalanced flow continue.

That slip road coming on and off Expo Drive Central looks kind of funky, will be interesting to see how is it actually designed.
Perhaps they're thinking way ahead when all 3 tunnels go back into the hands of the government.

Yes, that slip road coming right out under the current "HKCEC bridge" over existing waters is going to look quite weird lol
What's the land use for the reclaimed areas under the "bridge" going to be? Another park?
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Perhaps they're thinking way ahead when all 3 tunnels go back into the hands of the government.
Perhaps no one have ever thought the BOT system would completely mess up the traffic pattern of a city, I don't think it has ever happened anywhere else in the world until Hong Kong.

BOT was supposed to be one of the best options to invest in expensive infrastructure without breaking the government bank.

To be fair, this project started in the late-80s and transport planners 25 years ago probably have a different view than what we do now.

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Yes, that slip road coming right out under the current "HKCEC bridge" over existing waters is going to look quite weird lol
What's the land use for the reclaimed areas under the "bridge" going to be? Another park?
Maybe loading area for the HKCEC.
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 08:09 PM   #757
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Old April 9th, 2011, 05:08 PM   #759
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Covering already?? Pretty quick.
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Covering already?? Pretty quick.
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