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Highway revamp a headache for drivers

MOTORISTS, especially truck drivers, may get stuck in snarling traffic as Highway S5 linking Shanghai and Jiading is undergoing a 14-month renovation that began yesterdays. Traffic authorities urge motorists to take other routes.

The highway, built in 1988, is China's first closed expressway. Workers will widen and reinforce a 16-kilometer stretch of the highway, plant greenery alongside, and replace road lights, said Shanghai traffic authorities.

The four-lane highway will be expended to six lanes to handle increasing traffic. During its renovation, heavy trucks are not allowed to travel on the road from 6am to 10pm.

Highway S5 is also the first in China to abolish toll charges in 2012. But this led to a surge in vehicles, up 30 percent from before. Congestions are common during rush hour and are spilling to surrounding roads, the officials said.


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