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Highway to link Shanghai with Qidong

THE Chongming-Qidong Highway is expected to open to traffic by the end of next year, six months ahead of the schedule, its constructor told Shanghai Daily today.

The 52-kilometer highway linking Shanghai's Chongming Island in the mouth of the Yangtze River and Qidong, a boom city north of the river in Jiangsu Province will cut travel time to just one hour, the construction company said.

To protect wildlife on the island, the highway makes detours to bypass natural habitats of migrating birds on the island. This alone added about 10 kilometers to the length of the highway.

Eco-friendly methods have also been used, for example, silt dredged from the Yangtze River was used to build the road foundation. It is the first time for Chinese road builders to apply this method on such a big scale, thus saving fertile soil for farming.

Up to 60 percent of the project's Shanghai section has been completed and soil replacement has saved about 33 hectares of farmland on Chongming Island, constructors said.


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