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Bund tunnel to aid traffic, open more riverfront

CONSTRUCTION of a new tunnel under the Bund area will start this year to better distribute traffic flow and improve the scenic and recreational functions of the Huangpu River riverfront, officials said yesterday.

The 705-meter-long tunnel will be built under Zhongshan Road S. to link Baidu and Dongjiadu roads. It is designed to be four lanes with vehicle speeds of 60 kilometers per hour.

"The riverbank development authority aims to improve the public areas on the Bund, and open more riverfront areas between the Yangpu and Nanpu bridges to the public this year," said Xu Ruqing, deputy director of the riverbank development office, in a presentation to city lawmakers.

An underground area for pedestrians will also be built along with the tunnel. The 380-meter-long and 35-meter wide area will have stores and other business space, according to the city's urban planning body.

The construction plan has passed an evaluation on its influence on the surrounding environment and has been approved to start, the city's environment watchdog said.

Meanwhile, a series of old docks and factory buildings along the Huangpu River will undergo preservation and renovation this year to turn them into cultural and recreational facilities, Xu said yesterday.

Minsheng Road Dock, built during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) to handle grains and sugar, and the old workshop of Shanghai Shipyard, built around 1864, will be redeveloped.

Old tower cranes, rails and anchor piles will be kept within green areas and public spaces, he said.

Ninety-six historic buildings remain on the river and 33 have been preserved.


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