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Digging complete on tunnel between terminals

DIGGING work has been completed on a tunnel linking the two terminals at Hongqiao International Airport.

Once complete, planners say this will greatly cut traveling time and reduce congestion.

The Yingbin No.3 Road Tunnel is expected to cut the driving time between the east and west of the airport to five minutes, according to the builder, Shanghai Tunnel Co.

At present, it takes about 30 minutes to bypass the airport, longer when traffic is heavy.

The tunnel, which runs under the south of the airport, also passes beneath Changning and Minhang districts. Planners say it will also alleviate congestion there.

Equipment installation and interior work will soon begin along the 1,862-meter-long, four-lane tunnel. Earlier reports said the tunnel will open by the end of the year.

Builders said they have ensured that subsidence levels above the tunnel will be kept to within 10 millimeters to avoid damage to runways, the apron and fuel pipes.


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