In Hong Kong, a significant portion of Tsing Sha Highway was first opened to traffic. The Friday morning debut took place five years and four months after construction on this segment of a major expressway in one of the world’s most densely populated regions had begun. The segment, which extends from Sha Tin (an area around the Shing Mun River) to Cheung Sha Wan (an area adjacent to the part of the Kowloon Peninsula known as Stonecutters Island), encompasses a total of three road tunnels. These tunnels are the Tai Wai, Sha Tin Heights, and Eagle’s Nest Tunnels.
The opening of this section of Tsing Sha Highway was preceded by completion of the expressway’s first segment, which had been built in Tai Wai (an area immediately south of Sha Tin). The third and final stage for the construction of Tsing Sha Highway involved lengthening it from Stonecutters Island to Tsing Yi Island. This segment was opened to traffic in December 2009. Much of the 9.3-mile Tsing Sha Highway is part of Route 8, a 20.6-mile expressway that starts in Sha Tin and – proceeding beyond Tsing Yi Island – ends at Lantau Island.