Guangzhou, China held the first review meeting of Shen-Zhong Corridor Design International Contest from January 16 to 17, 2016. Well-known experts specialising in tunnel, bridge, hydraulic structure, and aesthetics reviewed the works of five national and international design companies. The winner was the COWI Company from Denmark. Their works presented an advanced design concept. The overall corridor design was harmonious, concise, majestic, elegant, and distinctive, reflecting a combination of mechanics and aesthetics, with a sense of rhythm.
Let’s take a look at the bridge, tunnel and artificial island designs for the Shen-Zhong Corridor:
Winning Bridge Design
Review committee’s overall evaluation: Reasonable structure system, concise main tower and iconic tower top.
Winning Tunnel Design
Review committee’s overall evaluation: In-depth tunnel design and well-prepared alternatives.
Winning Artificial Island Design
Review committee’s overall evaluation: The designs of the main bridge, approach bridge, and artificial island come together as coherent, harmonious and rhythmic. The kite-like West artificial island design was concise, fluid, and iconic.
The Shen-Zhong Corridor Profile
The famous Shen-Zhong Corridor, named the "Shenzhen to Zhongshan Cross River Corridor," was listed as a key provincial project this year. The twenty-four kilometer (14.9 miles) corridor starts from the Guangzhou-Shenzhen Expressway Airport Interchange, connects with Shenzhen’s sideline, westward crosses the Pearl River Estuary, embarks on Zhongshan City, and finally ends at Hengmen Interexchange. The total investment is nearly 42.5 Billion yuan (about $6.5 Billion) with about 6.5 Billion yuan (about $1 Billion) to be completed this year. The construction period will last from 2016 to 2020.
The Shen-Zhong Corridor Progress
The Shen-Zhong Corridor project was first brought up in 2004. For decades, plans for the Shen-Zhong Corridor gained much attention and controversy. By the end of 2015, the Shen-Zhong Corridor sidelines broke ground. Construction finally officially began in 2016, following the "East Tunnel West Bridge" scenario.
Once completed, the Shen-Zhong Corridor will greatly shorten the commuting distance between the East and West sides of the Pearl River, alleviating traffic pressure on cross-river bridges. The Corridor will also reduce the travel time of crossing the river from the current 2 hours to only 30 minutes, benefiting commuters from Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Jiangmen, and Southwestern Guangdong areas to Shenzhen and Eastern Guangdong areas. The Pearl River estuary traffic pattern will be further improved, and the Pearl River Delta integrating process is expected to accelerate.
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The original article, published in Chinese, can be found here.