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Combined rail and road bridge to island

A SECOND Donghai Bridge is to be built across to Large Yangshan Island, the city’s urban planning authority said yesterday.

This combined road and rail bridge over the East China Sea will help meet growing transport demands for the Yangshan Deep-Water Port, said officials.

The new bridge will be in addition to the existing 30-kilometer Donghai Bridge, under the Plan for Shanghai’s Key Road Network released yesterday.

While the existing bridge is for road traffic only, the new structure’s railway link will increase the capacity for container transport from Yangshan, the plan says.

The second Donghai Bridge will be linked to the S2 and G1501 highways.

The project is still at the planning stage and officials did not give a start date or cost.

Built in 2005, the existing Donghai Bridge was designed to serve the Yangshan port on Small Yangshan Island. But expansion of the port to Large Yangshan Island has increased demands.

While the current bridge can handle 7 million containers a year, this figure falls way short of the 30 million container annual capacity of the Yangshan Deep-Water Port.



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