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Metro closes road for 2 years

A KEY downtown road will be closed for two years while a Metro station and a transport hub are built, local construction and traffic authorities said yesterday.

A section of Huashan Road, between Tai'an Road and Kangping Road in downtown Xuhui District, will be off-limits to most vehicles from Thursday until December 31, 2012, traffic police said.

Cars and buses will be prohibited, with only pedestrians, cyclists and mopeds allowed to pass along the stretch of road, officers said.

The project will see the construction of Metro Line 11's Jiao Tong University Station and its transit hub to Line 10.

Line 11, which presently runs from suburban Jiading District to downtown Jiangsu Road, will extend to the Pudong New Area by 2012.

The city Metro builder said work on 22 subway stations has resumed in downtown areas, following the end of the World Expo on October 31. During the six-month event, most downtown construction sites were closed.

Jiang Shujie, deputy director of the city's construction and transport commission, apologized for "the inconvenience the construction work would bring" and called for residents' understanding.

The road closure will also affect nearby streets, with traffic police estimating that at least 12 roads and Xujiahui business hub face congestion.

It is estimated that about 800 vehicles on detours will pass along nearby roads every hour at peak times, putting roads under heavy pressure.

The city transport management bureau said 13 bus lines - 11 day bus lines and two night bus lines - will use detours. On average, each bus line is expected to make a detour of about 1.5 kilometers.

Bus routes along Huashan Road will resume in August 2012, transport officials said.

Other vehicles will have to wait until the end of 2012.


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