The Shenzhen-Zhongshan corridor project, which will give Shenzhen much-desired direct road access to the western Pearl River Delta, has made a significant breakthrough.
The corridor’s landing site on the Shenzhen side will be south of Shenzhen’s airport, and the corridor’s route to Zhongshan has been decided, Huang Min, director of the Shenzhen transport commission, said at a recent meeting.
The corridor will be connected with Jihe Expressway and Guangzhou-Shenzhen No. 2 Expressway in Shenzhen and with Jiangzhong Expressway in Zhongshan, which is located on the western bank of the Pearl River.
As the corridor will go either above or beneath the mouth of the Pearl River — or both —studies relating to issues such as river navigation, flight altitude control at the Shenzhen airport and flood control at the mouth of the Pearl River were launched last year.
Plans for the Shenzhen-Zhongshan corridor project will be completed this year, Huang said. The project is included in Guangdong Province’s 12th five-year plan. It is a key project in the Reform and Development Plan of the Pearl River Delta Area for 2008-2020.
The corridor project is estimated to cost 30 billion yuan (US$4.76 billion). It will be started in 2015 and completed in 2020.
Shenzhen officials came up with initial plans to build an underwater tunnel or a bridge to connect the city with Zhongshan about six years ago.
In other roadway news, the Shenzhen transport commission said the Shenzhen sections of Guangzhou-Shenzhen No. 2 Expressway, Boluo-Shenzhen Expressway and the second phase of Qingping Expressway will be finished within the year.
The 63.2 kilometers of Boluo-Shenzhen Expressway cover Huizhou, Dongguan and Shenzhen. The work will greatly improve the vehicle access and economies of the three cities.
(By Han Ximin)