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Metro work to go faster

BUILDING work on the Metro is being speeded up downtown to make sure four busy roads will be free of construction noise, dust and traffic problems before the end of the year.

The faster construction will be achieved by better coordination with engineering teams so that power lines and pipes are laid at the same time and a smaller area of the road is dug up at any one time.

Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, the local Metro manager, said yesterday that it would speed up construction of downtown stations on lines 7, 10 and the second phase of Line 9.

The company hopes to finish ground-level work on the 39 Metro stations being built on Huaihai Road, Hongqiao Road, Zhaojiabang Road and Siping Road before the end of the year. Some roads around the affected areas will be widened and more greenery and better bus facilities installed.

Up to 380,000 square meters of road previously occupied by Metro construction will be cleared of digging machines and obstructions in the months to come.

"We are opening extra car lanes on some of the previously affected roads wherever possible," said an official with the Shentong Group yesterday. "In some of the bus bays near future Metro stations, we will also set up taxi stands and bike-parking areas."

Most of the Metro construction sites will be removed from Huaihai Road in September and the rest in December.


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