The pedestrian tunnel under Guia Hill could open as early as October.
Construction workers broke ground on the tunnel connecting ZAPE and the Avenida de Horta e Costa neighbourhood in December 2020, and completed the hole-through last October.
The entrance to the Guia Hill pedestrian tunnel (松山行人隧道) on the ZAPE side will be located near the Caltex petrol station in Avenida do Dr Rodrigo Rodrigues, while its entrance on the other side of the hill will be located in Flora Garden.
Once the pedestrian tunnel is completed, the distance between the two sides will be shortened to about 400 metres from the current 1,100 metres.
Officially known as Walking System Surrounding Guia Hill, the project includes two footbridges across Avenida do Dr Rodrigo Rodrigues, one from the tunnel’s entrances to Rua de Malaca and the other to near an undeveloped plot between the Jai Alai casino-hotel complex and Casa Real Hotel.
The tunnel will have a moving walkway. In addition, lifts are being set up inside the tunnel connecting to the main walking and running trail on Guia Hill – officially known as Estrada do Engenheiro Trigo. The current two-lane vehicular tunnel under Guia Hill has been in use since 1990.
Secretary for Transport and Public Works Raimundo do Rosário said that according to Macao’s future land transport master plan, the government will put more emphasis on building walking systems over the next 10 years. The policy secretary also said that he had tried out the tunnel, and it took him only three minutes to walk from Flora Garden to Avenida do Dr Rodrigo Rodrigues.