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Better roads to bring fresh farm goods to table

THE city will continue to improve and expand roads to suburban towns and villages in coming years to boost transportation of fresh farm products to downtown markets and to stimulate suburban economy, the Shanghai Construction Commission said today.

Over the past five years, a total of 3,290 kilometers of roads were built in the rural area of Shanghai. Most suburban villages now have a concrete or asphalt road connecting them with the city's main thoroughfares.

"Big changes have taken place especially in recent years," said 61-year-old Huang Lingjuan, a retired teacher living in Xianqiao Village on the city's Chongming Island.

The road in front of her house was recently widened.

"I remember people used to clear mud from their bike wheels with a bamboo stick on rainy days before the asphalt road was built before our houses," she said.

She said villagers need more broad roads like this for convenient transportation.

With a better road system on the island which lies at the mouth of the Yangtze River and is known for its green farming and wetland reserves, local farmers can now deliver fresh vegetables and fruits picked in the morning to downtown markets in about four hours, said local officials.

Shanghai Highway Administration said it would continue to invest in road systems in rural suburbs like Chongming Island and raise safety standard of the Chenhai Highway, the only expressway connecting Chongming with downtown.


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