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Glad tidings on river tunnel

CITY builders yesterday moved a step closer to another fast-traffic vehicle tunnel running beneath the Huangpu River with the completion of digging on one of its twin tubes.

The Longyao Road Tunnel will directly connect downtown Xuhui District and Pudong New Area by fast-vehicle lanes.

It will broaden the city's cross-river traffic channels between the southwest area and Pudong and is expected to ease downtown congestion.

The project operator, Shanghai Foundation Engineering Co, said yesterday that digging on the northern vehicle tube had finished.

Digging of the other tube is confidently forecast to be completed before the end of next month.

City construction authorities plan to have the tunnel open for traffic ahead of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo that begins next May.

The 4-kilometer tunnel complex starts at the intersection of Longyao and Longwu roads in Xuhui and extends to Changqing Road in Pudong, according to the project's management.

The city is planning to have six new cross-river tunnels opened for service before the Expo.

Construction authorities believe the new tunnels will significantly improve traffic flow in the downtown area.

"For example, some motorists may use two nearby tunnels to make a cross-river detour to avoid driving by congested downtown roads to reach their destinations," said Huang Rong, director of the Shanghai Construction Commission.


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