|Name in local language:||青嶼幹線 (Qīngyǔ Gànxiàn)|
|Other name(s):||Lantau Fixed Crossing|
|Completion:||27 April 1997|
|Function / usage:||
Road and rail connection
|total length||4.0 km|
Excerpt from Wikipedia
The Lantau Link, formerly known as the Lantau Fixed Crossing, is a roadway in Hong Kong linking Lantau Island to Tsing Yi, from which other roads lead to the urban areas of Kowloon and the rest of the New Territories. Part of the Airport Core Programme centred on the new Hong Kong International Airport on Lantau, the link was officially opened on 27 April 1997, and it opened to traffic on 22 May the same year.
The Lantau Link is 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) long and consists of:
- the Tsing Ma Bridge, a suspension bridge linking Tsing Yi to Ma Wan island
- the Ma Wan Viaduct, a viaduct crossing Ma Wan
- the Kap Shui Mun Bridge, a cable-stayed bridge linking Ma Wan to Lantau Island
Link is split into two traffic levels; the upper level is an open, 3-lane divided highway, while the lower level is a double-track railway line used by the MTR Airport Express and Tung Chung Line and also contains two single-lane roads for emergency use in both directions. The speed limit is 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph) on the upper level and 50 kilometres per hour (31 mph) on the lower level. In normal situations, the lower level is not used except in special circumstances such as strong wind or serious accidents which could lead to the closure of the upper level. The lower level is not connected to Ma Wan.
The Lantau Link is (for now) the only land passageway connecting Lantau and other parts of Hong Kong; a second link via Tuen Mun (which will be part of Route 10 and constructed in conjunction with the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge) is under construction and should be ready for use in 2018.
Near the Tsing Yi end of the Lantau Link is the cable-stayed Ting Kau Bridge, and the Cheung Tsing and Nam Wan Tunnels, the latter of which leads to the Stonecutters Bridge.
Relevant Web Sites
- Balanceakt: Die Ting-Kau-Brücke in Hongkong. In: Deutsche Bauzeitung, v. 132, n. 5 (May 1998), pp. 84-91. (1998):
- Design and Construction of the Lantau Link bridges. In: Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Civil Engineering, v. 126, n. 6 (November 1998), pp. 3-15. (1998):
- Global monitoring system on Lantau fixed crossing in Hong Kong. Presented at: IABSE Symposium: Extending the Lifespan of Structures, San Francisco, CA, USA, August 1995, pp. 929-934. (1995):
- The Lantau fixed crossing (Hong Kong). Presented at: International Conference IABSE-FIP: Ponts suspendus et à haubans = Cable-stayed and suspension bridges, Deauville, France, 12-15 October 1994, pp. 99. (1994):
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