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Hong Kong Construction Projects: Tuen Mun – Chek Lap Kok Link (TM-CLKL) and Tuen Mun Western Bypass (TMWB)

This month, I will look at the progress, cost and job opportunities that the Tuen Mun – Chek Lap Kok Link (TM-CLKL), together with the Tuen Mun Western Bypass (TMWB) will create. The project is a strategic road link between North West New Territories (NWNT), North Lantau, the proposed Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macao Bridge, Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities (HKBCF) and the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) at the largely reclaimed island of Chek Lap Kok.

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The new road link is proposed to meet the anticipated traffic demand between North West New Territories and Lantau. This new road link will be a 9 km long dual 2-lane carriageway between Tuen Mun and North Lantau. It will have strategic connections to the existing North Lantau Highway (NLH) at Tai Ho, the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities situated at the northeast waters off the HKIA, and the TMWB and the existing Lung Mun Road in Tuen Mun. The HKBCF will be accessible due to the creation of a 1.6km sea viaduct, near the Hong Kong International Airport.

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The purpose of the proposed construction: Other than creating hundreds of construction based jobs, (including temporary works engineers, bridge engineers and civil engineers), the projects usefulness is to severely diminish travel time between north and south HK. Planners and consultants involved on these massive projects have estimated the efficiency of the proposed route will shorten the travel distance by 22 kilometres. Thirdly, it will promote travel to and from the international airport as travel becomes simpler and more accessible, improving the efficiency of one of the world’s largest airports.

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Construction and completion dates: Hong Kong is famous for its ingenious employment of reclaiming land, most notably with Chek Lap Kok, the island largely reclaimed to house Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). This tradition continued in 2011 when land was reclaimed to begin work on the southern sub sea tunnel which is expected to be completed by 2016 in accordance with the Hong Kong - Zhuhai – Macau Bridge. Construction is estimated to be completed of its northern counterpart two years later.

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Cost: This is one of Hong Kong’s largest and most innovative construction projects, and there have certainly been many to compare it to. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that it is also one of the most expensive projects in Hong Kong’s history. With costs for the design, site investigation and advance works being just shy of $2 billion. This number is insignificant however, when compared to the $45 billion cost of construction the TMCLKL will total. The costs for the project were approved and construction is well under way. Maxim Recruitment has a range of exciting positions available to work on these projects and we urge temporary works engineers, civil engineers, structural engineers, drill and blast engineers and tunnel boring machine operators / engineers to apply via our website. With the construction of the northern connection sub sea tunnel and the southern viaduct having begun in 2013, there is an on going need for staff on these projects.

When completed, the Tuen Mun Western Bypass, along with the Tuen Mun Chek Lap Kok Link, will establish a north-south highway corridor linking the Northwest New Territories with the Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macao Bridge, Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities, the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and North Lantau. The projects will run until 2018 and will provide hundreds of engineers with new roles in the Hong Kong region. The market is busy and Maxim Recruitment seeks engineers, project managers, designers to join our clients on these fantastic projects. For more information refer to the job postings section or submit your CV to us online, today.

Dan Kirk
Recruitment Consultant
Maxim Recruitment
Hong Kong & Asia Region 

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