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Metro work to slow Jing'an traffic

STREETS of the business area in Jing'an District, such as Nanjing Road West and Weihai Road, may experience more rush-hour gridlock starting this month as advancing Metro construction means more heavy truck traffic.

Metro builders are moving forward with digging pits for future stations for Metro lines 12 and 13 in the downtown business area. More earth-moving trucks will come with them, said Shanghai Construction and Transport Commission officials.

Busy and narrow Nanjing Road W., Weihai Road and Shaanxi Road S. are expected to feel the effects, the commission said. It suggested passers-by and motorists use caution. Officials said they will step up monitoring of the construction and arrange for the earth-moving trucks to use these downtown roads only during slack hours.

The upcoming plum weather season, during which the city will face constant rains, also is likely to worsen traffic conditions this month, officials said.

A jump in out-of-town travel during the Dragon Boat Festival holiday, the weekend starting on June 22, is predicted to cause serious congestion on provincial expressways if it also rains, according to the commission. Motorists are asked to avoid driving during rush hour over the holiday time to lessen gridlock.

Some toll roads will allow free passage to motorists during periods of heavy congestion during the holiday. The transport authority said average daily usage on local expressways hit 700,000 cars in 2011, an increase of 11 percent from a year earlier.

More people also are now using the subway for their daily commutes. The commission said the subway system took a 2 percent greater share of all those using mass transit in Shanghai last month compared to a month earlier. Daily subway traffic last month was 6.7 million, rising each Friday to 7 million, authority said.


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