Hong Kong Flies into the Future

by Virginia Fairweather, Editor in Chief; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY. 47th St., New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1995, Vol. 65, Issue 1, Pg. 54-58

Document Type: Feature article


Hong Kong's new airport, Chek Lap Kok, is scheduled to open in 1997. That is the year in which China takes over the government of Hong Kong from Great Britain. The airport, with its associated infrastructure, will cost about $25 billion, and the project has been a political football during the negotiations between China and Great Britain. The old airport, Kai Tek, is one of the world's most dangerous airports. It is also operating well beyond design capacity for years. The design and construction of the new one are discussed, as are the works being done on several bridges, a tunnel additions to the existing mass transit system, and new highways that are part of the Airport Core Program. One bridge, Tsing Ma, will be a record-breaking suspension structure that will carry rail and highway vehicles on its two decks. The Western Harbor crossing, the new tunnel, is the only part of the Program that is being built on a privatized basis. The submerged tube tunnel and its toll revenue will revert back to Hong Kong 30 years after it opened, also in 1997.

Subject Headings: Airports and airfields | Highway bridges | Tunnels | Infrastructure construction | Suspension bridges | Suspended structures | Railroad bridges | Hong Kong | China | Asia

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