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Bund not quite ready for public

THE ground roadwork and major face-lift of the Bund area will be completed before the Spring Festival - but still off-limits to locals and tourists for fear of congestion.

Traffic must be prevented from getting too heavy because there's still some construction to go before the start of the World Expo, authorities said yesterday at a government press conference concerning the city's major building projects.

Visitors will not be allowed to walk on the highly anticipated riverside promenade until an underground vehicle passage, designed to alleviate traffic snarls in the area, is finished by the end of March.

"Traffic and tourism surges are very likely to hit the region, which is not fully opened," said Jiang Shujie, deputy director of the city's urban construction and transport commission.

The four-lane ground roads can hardly afford further jams brought by visitors during the coming holiday, said Jiang.

The renovation in the Bund area, one of the biggest makeovers in history for the cultural and financial spotlight, has seen the removal of a part of an elevated road, the building of an underground tunnel as well as the return of a 150-year-old bridge.

City government has vowed to make the promenade, over 2 kilometers long, appear "as charming and friendly to tourists as the Avenue des Champs-Elysee" in Paris.

The walkways will offer a ideal place for lovers and couples who used to walk or sat at the "Lovers' Wall" along the bank of the Huangpu River.

Traffic passing through the Bund area will be routed to the underground thoroughfares, leaving more space for walkways, said urban planners.

Only tour buses will be allowed into the area, in designated lanes.


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