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Everything running smoothly on problem road

HUAZHUANG Road in Jiading District is no longer a hazard for bus drivers and cyclists after workers repaved the road, filling potholes and depressions with asphalt, just one day after the road's poor condition was highlighted in Shanghai Daily.

Du Yongsheng, an official with Jiading Construction Office, said they had decided to reconstruct and widen the road. Du said that prior to the reconstruction project, workers would frequently check the road condition and fill the potholes and depressions which were caused by construction vehicles from various construction sites.

"The road was originally constructed using cement and the material was easily damaged by construction vehicles," said Du.

He said they were thinking of using a different material to pave the road, which would then be suitable for large-scale vehicles thus solving the problem once and for all.

They are now discussing the choice of materials with the project group.

The road is to be widened because it will see more construction vehicles due to an increasing number of construction projects taking place around it.

Du apologized for not taking action previously as the road problem had existed for more than two months. "We were negotiating over details with project group," said Du.

Chen Qiang, a manger at the No. 4 Bashi Bus Co, said he was excited to see the road's dramatic change overnight.

Chen called Shanghai Daily as many of his company's buses had been damaged due to the condition of the road.

"I was worrying about the economic losses and the hidden danger to our passengers due to the damaged road, but when I woke up in the morning, the problem no longer existed," Chen said yeserday.

Chen said the road had caused 20 flat tires, six shattered windows and damaged the undercarriage of one bus in the past two months.

He said he wasn't going to ask for compensation.

"The losses are not that important to me as they finally took action over the problem after paying lip service a dozen times," said Chen.


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