Tsing Sha Highway

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Route 8

Tsing Sha Highway
Part of Route 8
Tsing Sha Highway coloured red
Route information
Maintained by Highways Department
Length15.0 km (9.3 mi)
14.5 km (9.01 mi) eastbound
Existed2008–present
Major junctions
East endSha Tin (near Tai Wai)
 10 in total;
HK Route9.svg Route 9 at Sha Tin
HK Route7.svg Route 7 at Lai Chi Kok
HK Route3.svg Route 3 at Cheung Sha Wan and Tsing Yi
West endTsing Yi
Highway system
Hong Kong Strategic Route and Exit Number System
Tsing Sha Highway near Tai Wai in March 2008

Tsing Sha Highway (Chinese: 青沙公路) is a major expressway in Hong Kong, which links the island of Tsing Yi to Sha Tin. The road is part of Route 8, which starts in Sha Tin and terminates in Tung Chung. It was opened in March 2008 and extended in December 2009.

History[edit]

Tsing Sha Highway was built in three stages.

The section that is known as Route T3 is in Tai Wai. The contract was awarded on 16 March 2003 and construction commenced on 26 March 2003.[1][2] The southbound bridge was completed on 23 November 2005, and the northbound bridge in March 2008.[2][3][4][5] This section cost approximately HK$2,120.2 million to build.[5] This section has two exits; 1 and 1A.

The section between the end of Road T3 and Stonecutters Island commenced construction in November 2002 and was opened on 21 March 2008.[6] It includes the Tai Wai Tunnel, the Sha Tin Heights Tunnel and the Eagle's Nest Tunnel.[7] This section has five exits; 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B and 2C.

The section between Stonecutters Island and Tsing Yi commenced construction in April 2002 and was opened on 20 December 2009.[8] It includes the Stonecutters Bridge and the Nam Wan Tunnel.[9] This section has three exits; 2D, 3 and 3A. Before this section was completed, all cars continuing with Tsing Sha Highway have taken exit 2C and so those cars who wish to go to Lantau should use exit 2A.

Alignment[edit]

The road starts off in Sha Tin at an intersection with Tai Po Road – Sha Tin, then heads southwest towards Cheung Sha Wan through the Tai Wai Tunnel, Sha Tin Heights Tunnel and Eagle's Nest Tunnel.

After passing through the Eagle's Nest Tunnel, the road interchanges with Ching Cheung Road of Route 7. The road then goes into a flyover, passing over Cheung Sha Wan. At this point the road interchanges at Lai Wan Interchange with Tsing Kwai Highway and West Kowloon Highway of Route 3.

The road continues as a flyover across Stonecutters Island, then turns onto the Stonecutters Bridge towards Tsing Yi. After arriving at Tsing Yi, the road goes through the Nam Wan Tunnel, passing under Tsing Yi's hills, then comes out on the other side of Tsing Yi. The road intersects with Route 3 again at North West Tsing Yi Interchange, and then terminates, leading on to the Lantau Link.

According to the road signs, the speed limit for the section on the north of the toll plaza is 70 km/h, while at the south of the toll plaza the speed limit is increased to 80 km/h.

Interchanges[edit]

Tsing Sha Highway HK Route8.svg
Eastbound exits Exit number Westbound exits
End of Route 8
intersects with HK Route9.svg Shing Mun Tunnel Road
End Tsing Sha Highway HK Route8.svg Start Tsing Sha Highway HK Route8.svg
Sha Tin T3
Tai Wai, Tsuen Wan
Tai Po Road – Tai Wai, Shing Mun Tunnel Road HK Route9.svg
1 Tai Wai
Chik Wan Street
no exit 1A Tai Po Road
Tai Po Road – Sha Tin Heights
Tai Wai Tunnel
Hin Tin
Che Kung Miu Road
1B no exit
Sha Tin Heights Tunnel
Eagle's Nest Tunnel
no exit 1C Kwai Chung
Ching Cheung Road HK Route7.svg
Lai Chi Kok Flyover
no exit 2A LAI WAN INTERCHANGE
Kowloon (W), Hong Kong, Kwai Chung, Container Terminals 1–8
Lin Cheung Road (access road to Tsing Kwai Highway HK Route3.svg and Western Harbour Tunnel HK Route3.svg), Mei Ching Road, Lai Po Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
West Kowloon Highway HK Route3.svg
2B no exit
Ngong Shuen Chau Viaduct
no exit 2C Stonecutters Island, Container Terminal 8
Container Port Road South, Chi Ngong Road
Stonecutters Island, Container Terminal 8
Container Port Road South, Hing Wah Street West
2D no exit
Stonecutters Bridge
Tsing Yi East Viaduct
Tsing Yi, Container Terminal 9
Tsing Yi Road, Tsing Yi Hong Wan Road
3 Tsing Yi, Container Terminal 9
Tsing Yi Road, Tsing Yi Hong Wan Road
Nam Wan Tunnel
Tsing Yi West Viaduct
no exit 3A North West Tsing Yi Interchange
Yuen Long, Tuen Mun
Tsing Long Highway HK Route3.svg
Start Tsing Sha Highway HK Route8.svg End Tsing Sha Highway HK Route8.svg
continues on as Lantau Link HK Route8.svg

Tai Wai Tunnel[edit]

The shortest of the three tunnels on Route T3 of the main Route 8 and runs from Shatin to Hin Tin.

Tai Wai Tunnel
Overview
StatusActive
SystemPart of Route 8 HK Route8.svg
Operation
Opened2008
OwnerHong Kong Government
TrafficVehicular
Technical
Length0.5 kilometres (0.31 mi)
Operating speed70 kilometres per hour (43 mph)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Development Bureau – Press Releases: Road T3 construction contract awarded". Development Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong. 16 March 2003. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Sha Tin New Town, Stage II – Construction of Road T3". Hong Kong Engineering Archive. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Southbound mainline bridge of Road T3 in Sha Tin completed". Government Information Centre. 23 November 2005. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Road T3 bridge completed". Government of Hong Kong. 23 November 2005. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Sha Tin New Town Stage II Construction of Road T3". Civil Engineering and Development Department of the Government of Hong Kong. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Route 8 between Cheung Sha Wan and Sha Tin". Highways Department of the Government of Hong Kong. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Section of Tsing Sha Highway to open on Friday". Transport Department of the Government of Hong Kong. 18 March 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Route 8 between Tsing Yi and Cheung Sha Wan". Highways Department of the Government of Hong Kong. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Tsing Sha Highway to open Dec 20". Government of Hong Kong. 18 December 2009. Retrieved 30 September 2012.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Eastern Terminus
Hong Kong Route 8
HK Route8.svg
Tsing Sha Highway
Succeeded by
Lantau Link

Coordinates: 22°19′58″N 114°08′40″E / 22.332784°N 114.144373°E / 22.332784; 114.144373