The Macau government hired Chinese company “CCCC Highway Consultants Co., Ltd. Macau Branch” to study the feasibility of building two underwater tunnels next to the Nobre de Carvalho Bridge, the oldest in the territory, according to macauhub.com.
The Directorate of Land, Public Works and Transport also said that the company chosen, out of four that were consulted, put forward the lowest price for the study – 7.22 million patacas (US$902,500).
The preliminary design provides for the construction of two underwater tunnels next to the Nobre de Carvalho Bridge, with a minimum of two lanes each way and the study is designed to analyse the feasibility of its construction, compare projects with different locations, set the characteristics (width and height) of the tunnels and access, among other issues.
A statement issued by the directorate also said that each tunnel will be 1,200 m long, half the length of the Nobre de Carvalho Bridge, given that they will link the areas of new landfills in the Macau Peninsula and Taipa Island.
The deadline to finish the study is 260 days and it is expected that the draft report will be presented by mid 2017.