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Chongming-Qidong bridge link to open tomorrow

A NEW bridge expressway running across the Yangtze River will open tomorrow to facilitate traffic flows between Shanghai and Qidong as well as other cities in neighboring Jiangsu Province.

The construction authorities said the bridge expressway, also part of the national G40 expressway between Shanghai and Xi'an in Shaanxi Province, is scheduled to open tomorrow, on Christmas Eve.

The Chongming-Qidong Bridge link will enable significantly shortened driving times between Shanghai and Qidong and will work as an express gateway to boost logistics and travel, said local government officials.

The 52-kilometer bridge complex starts from Shanghai's Chongming Island, runs across the Yangtze River and ends at the coastal city of Qidong in Jiangsu. The road will connect to the local Yangtze River Tunnel Bridge expressway that runs between the Pudong New Area, Chongming and Changxing islands.

The new link means a drive from downtown Shanghai to Qidong and some nearby Jiangsu cities will be cut to around one hour, less than one-third the current time needed.

Shanghai's container ports in Pudong will be only about 35 minutes' drive away from Qidong.

The route will also benefit air travelers heading from Jiangsu to Pudong International Airport as a drive from Qidong to the Pudong airport will take only 45 minutes, officials said.

Officials said the planned toll charge will be 0.6 yuan per kilometer on the bridge – equal to the rate on other local expressways. The project cost about 8.2 billion yuan.


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