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Roadworks to bring misery to motorists

MOTORISTS face days of "extreme congestion" at the end of this month, due to work upgrading utilities pipes, broadband network cable laying, plus a routine hike in traffic before the May Day holiday.

Currently there are 116 major roadworks across town to relocate underground pipelines.

And later this month, work will begin in Yangpu, Hongkou, Huangpu and Zhabei districts to replace ageing underground gas and water pipes.

In addition, broadband fiber-optic cables are being laid in a number of areas.

The construction watchdog warned yesterday that the work would cause days of "extreme congestion" before the May Day national holiday.

It suggested motorists avoid traveling on elevated and highway roads in peak hours around that time, if possible.

The authorities also advised that the Metro "would be the most efficient means of transport" for spectators heading for the 2012 China Formula 1 Grand Prix, starting on Friday and running over the weekend.

The Metro operator announced yesterday that it had completed a two-month project revamping Line 11's Shanghai International Circuit Station.

Platforms have been widened to double capacity, extra walkways added and manual ticketing put in place to help speed up turnover during rush periods on the weekend, as Formula 1 fans descend, according to the operator.

Train intervals on Line 11 during the race period will also be adjusted to increase traffic efficiency.

Motorists tempted to drive to the event could face long waits at Bao'an toll station on the G15 expressway, warned the authorities.

The authorities advised race fans to opt for Metro or the event's shuttle buses.

The city had just witnessed heavy traffic during the Qingming Festival last week.

More than 8 million city residents traveled to suburban areas, and further afield to provinces during the three-day holiday, using all transport modes, said officials.


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