Hiram’s Highway is the only principal road linking Sai Kung to Kowloon East and Tseung Kwan O. To improve the traffic conditions in Sai Kung, the Government is now planning to implement improvement works on Hiram’s Highways. The improvement works will be implemented in 2 stages, including Hiram’s Highway Improvement Stage 1 (from Clear Water Bay to Marina Cove) which is under construction, and Hiram’s Highway Improvement Stage 2 (from Marina Cove to Sha Ha) which is under investigation.
Reasons for implementing the Hiram’s Highway Improvement Stage 2
Improve Highway Design
The existing Hiram’s Highway was designed based on old design standard. The lack of ancillary facilities also results in inconvenience to road users, for example:
Insufficient Pedestrian Crossing Facility
Sharp Bends and Insufficient Sight Distance
Relieve Traffic Congestion
Hiram’s Highway is the only principal road linking Sai Kung to Kowloon East and Tseung Kwan O. There is traffic congestion along some sections of the road during peak hours on weekdays and on the weekend. In the event of traffic accident or other emergencies, fully closure of carriageway may be required, which will seriously affect the daily life of the local residents. Moreover, due to the narrow carriageway, when there is road maintenance or utility works, road closure will be required. It will inevitably cause adverse traffic impact.
Cope with Development of Sai Kung District
According to the Outline Zoning Plans of Sai Kung districts, there will be an increase in population due to planned developments. In addtion, a number of leisure and tourist attractions in Sai Kung (including Hong Kong Global Geopark of China) will attract tourists visiting Sai Kung, generating related traffic demands.
Improvement of Hiram’s Highway
To imporve highway design, relieve the traffice congestion, and to cope with the development of Sai Kung, the Government is planning to carry out improvement works on Hiram’s Highway. Highways Department commissioned the Hiram’s Highway Improvement Stage 1 to enhance a section of Hiram’s Highway from Clear Water Bay Road to Marina Cove to a dual 2-lane carriageway. The works contract of Hiram’s Highway Improvement Stage 1 commenced in early 2016 and is planned for completion in end 2020. Hiram’s Highway Improvement Stage 2 will continue to improve the section of Hiram’s Highway from Marina Cove to Sai Kung Town. This will strengthen the connectivity between Sai Kung and the urban areas.
Your views on the Hiram’s Highway Improvement Stage 2 project are welcome. We hope to know more about the public’s expectations and foster mutual understanding with the public on the project through the upcoming public engaement and consultation activities. We are going to conduct an exhibition and a public forum in early October 2016 and end October 2016 respectively to enable the public to understand the project and to express their views. Details are as follows：
Public Forum – Adverse Weather Arrangement
In case Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No.8 or above is hoisted or Black Rainstorm Warning Signal is issued by the Hong Kong Observatory 2 hours before the public forum (i.e. 12:00 pm), the activity will be cancelled and will be rescheduled to the same time on 29 October 2016 at the same venue. Enquiry Tel.2859 5666
Source: Meinhardt Infrastructure and Environment Limited (Design and Construction)