French contractor Bouygues Travaux Publics has won a major contract on the Central Kowloon Route highway project.
The firm was appointed by the Hong Kong Government’s Highways Department for the central tunnel of the massive scheme.
Bouygues will create 2.8km of dual three-lane tunnel for the route, which is designed to relieve traffic congestion on east-west routes in Kowloon.
The French firm’s package also includes two much smaller cut-and-cover tunnels in Yau Ma Tei and Ma Tau Kok as well as a ventilation shaft and other works.
At $6.2 billion (£5bn), the contract is the highest-value deal of its type awarded by the government.
The broader Central Kowloon Route will be a 4.7km dual three-lane strategic trunk road linking the Yau Ma Tei Interchange with the road network of Kowloon Bay. Expected to be operational in 2025, the scheme will slash the journey time between the two points to about five minutes.