The construction of the Ka-Ho 500-metre long tunnel – a project that will link the east of Cotai to the northeast lip of Coloane island – is expected to start in the third quarter of this year and last for at least 2 years, the Infrastructure Development Office announced Friday.
The Office has accepted eight bids for the tunnel construction project, with costs from 254 million patacas (US$31.8 million) to about 540 million patacas (US$67.5 million) With The proposed construction period ranging from 900 days to 930 days.
The two-way tunnel, with four lanes, will have its northern entrance start near the Rua da Central Termica de Coloane in eastern Cotai. The tunnel will be connected to the area near Ka-Ho Port, the northeastern tip of Coloane island where Macau Oil Terminal and Macau Cement Manufacturing Co Ltd are located.
Currently, cars have to go through Estrada do Istmo, and the narrow Estrada da Barragem de Ká Hó, Estrada do Altinho de Ka Ho to traverse the urban zones of Coloane and Taipa to Ka-Ho. The tunnel is expected to cut travel time for the said distance by 10 to 15 minutes. (macau news)