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City roads renamed in national unity drive

ALL Shanghai expressways will receive new names and numerical codes over the next five months as part of a nationwide initiative to create a unified naming system for highways.
The city had already started to replace its highway signs and this process would continue until next March, the Shanghai Highway Administration said yesterday.
Drivers may find the new highway codes confusing in the early stages, and officials have taken measures to head off this problem.
Authorities are printing 2 million free illustrated pamphlets, which will be distributed at major toll stations and transport hubs to inform drivers of the changes.
Traffic police have begun setting up temporary signs designed to help drivers understand the changes.
These signs may stay at key highway spots for months or even longer, police said yesterday.
Two around-the-clock hotlines, 5911-5999 and 12122, have been set up to handle driver queries.
Information on the changes is also available on the local construction commission's Chinese Website, or the highway administration's Chinese Website,
In Shanghai, eight national expressways and nine provincial-level routes will have new names and codes under the unified standard.
For example, the A11 or Shanghai-Nanjing Expressway, has a new code, G2, as it is part of the Beijing-Shanghai Expressway.
The new standards require all national-level expressways to start with "G."
The changes in road names are necessary as new regulations require that any national route should only be identified by a combination of the names of the cities at the starting and finishing points.
The new system will eventually make things clearer for drivers as fragmented regional names now point to the same expressways that run through different cities and provinces, highway officials said yesterday.
Provincial-level expressways in Shanghai, as well as other parts of China, will have codes starting with "S" as well as improved names in line with the new national standards.
Traffic signs on the city section of the G2 will all be replaced by the end of this month.
The whole campaign would involve building thousands of new signs in the city at a cost of nearly 200 million yuan (US$29.30 million), traffic police said yesterday.
The new nationwide system has red as the logo color for national routes and yellow for provincial expressways.
Highway officials stressed that complete signs carrying both the road names and codes would only appear near toll gates or major entry-exit ramps. Code signs would be scattered along the routes themselves.
"It's crucial that drivers check up on the routes before heading out," Wang Weiheng, a highway administration official, said yesterday. Wang said there would not be as many signs under the new system.
The new naming and coding rules are in three categories - for routes starting from Beijing and for west-east and north-south routes.


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