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New expressways to boost highway network

SHANGHAI will build nearly 200 kilometers of new expressways in the next five years to further facilitate the highway network, local officials said yesterday.

The total expressway length in the city will then reach 972km from the current 778km.

The new expressways include the expressway section of a passage connecting the city's Chongming Island with Qidong City in neighboring Jiangsu Province.

The expressway, called G40, will help travelers reach from downtown to Qidong in one hour, when traffic is smooth. Presently, in the absence of a direct route, it takes about 3-4 hours to make the journey via road and waterway.

The passage is expected to be completed by 2012.

Other planned expressways include S6, the expressway linking the city's Outer Ring Road to the current G15, a major route going through the town both for north-bound and south-bound vehicles.

Officials said the focus of highway construction would shift from downtown to suburban areas.

Shanghai has 7,753km of highway in suburban and rural areas. The length will reach 10,716km by 2015.

From 2006 to 2010, Shanghai has built or renovated 279km of expressways and finished four bridges spanning the Huangpu River.

Officials said they would also continue efforts to increase the number of electronic toll collection users, a major supporting project to expressway construction and a way to cut the time vehicles spent at toll stations and thereby ease congestion.

There are 80,000 ETC users in the city. In the long-term the number is expected to surpass 300,000.


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