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New Bund - the wait was worth it

THE renovated landmark Bund retains the old feel of the famous waterfront financial center, while providing wider pedestrian walkways, smooth traffic flows and theme squares.

The much-anticipated three-year face-lift removed part of an elevated road that blocked the spectacular view across the Huangpu River. The project reorganized traffic flow to relieve congestion and returned a restored 150-year-old bridge to its rightful place.

The "rebirth" and rebuilding of the Bund began in April 2007.

Ground Level

Above ground are six traffic lanes, down from the previous 11, as most cars will go via the tunnel beneath the Bund.

The six lanes will include four for buses and cars, one for bus stops and another for temporary parking.

Around 500 parking spaces are available, up from 300.

Traffic is still expected to be heavy around Zhongshan Road E1.

Zhongshan Rd E1

Six lanes except the section from Yan'an Road to Suzhou Creek with four lanes


About 70 percent of the Bund traffic will be rerouted to a 3,000-meter-long tunnel that passes beneath 33 historic buildings.

The two-level passage runs from Huangpu District's Zhongshan Road S. to Hongkou District's Changzhi Road.

There are more than 30 emergency exits, according to the tunnel builder, Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co Ltd. The exits lead to the other level in the tunnel. Another three exits will directly connect to the ground.

The tunnel is connected to Yan'an Elevated Road, which will provide a fast path between the two districts.

Vehicles with a height of over 3 meters are prohibited in the tunnel.

Zhongshan Rd E1

Dongmen Rd - Yan'an Rd: four lanes

Yan'an Rd - Tiantong Rd: six lanes

Tiantong Rd - Yuhang Rd: four lanes

Yan'an Rd E.

Four lanes

Changzhi Rd

Four lanes


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