New bridge proposal to ease Tai Tam Reservoir traffic

Tai Tam Reservoir

Hong Kong-based architect Scott Myklebust has revealed his designs for a new bridge at Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir—The Dragon’s Link II.

The original proposed Dragon’s Link was designed to be used by pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles at the same time, safely. Along the new bridge, vehicles and cyclists would get their own lanes, while a pedestrian path running along the outer western edge of the bridge – with three scenic lookout points – would provide those on foot with the best views onto the water.

The designs have changed in one key respect. Instead of the new bridge carrying one-way northbound traffic and the narrow dam becoming a road for southbound vehicles, the new bridge is now proposed to support all vehicular traffic.

The dam itself would be converted to a pedestrian walkway, with green features and amenities, much like the New York High Line, an elevated park space along old train tracks.

Currently, Tai Tam Tuk Dam only has two narrow lanes going opposite directions, which often leads to bottlenecked traffic. Pedestrians and cyclists are barred access, though that has not stopped people from using the road at considerable personal risk. During typhoons or seasons with heavy rainfall, the dam is known to be susceptible to flooding, which contributes even further to traffic problems. The dam will be 100 years old come next February.

Myklebust’s proposal was presented to the Transport Department at a Southern District Council meeting late last month.

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