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New tunnel trims trip across river

THE drive from the Shanghai South Railway Station in the city's southwest part to the World Expo site in the Pudong New Area could be a short 15 minutes via the new Longyao Road Tunnel when it opens to traffic tomorrow night.

The city's longest tunnel beneath the Huangpu River connecting Pudong and Puxi is scheduled to open at 10pm tomorrow.

It's expected to cut travel time between the railway station in Xuhui District and the Pudong New Area by about 30 minutes.

Yu Fulin, deputy director of a government body that supervises the city's major construction projects, said the completion of the tunnel "marks the end of the cross-river constructions designated for the Expo."

With the 4-kilometer-long Longyao Road Tunnel, downtown Shanghai will have 12 passages beneath the river and four bridges crossing the river. Eight of the tunnels were built in the past five years, authorities said.

Visitors to the Expo can directly board Expo buses at the South Railway Station that go via the tunnel.

The Puxi end of the tunnel is close to the intersection between the Shilong and Longwu Roads, about a five-minute car ride from Shanghai South Railway Station.

Its main entrances are in Tianyaoqiao Road in Puxi and Jiyang Road in Pudong.

The Pudong exit is about five minutes from the Expo site, which will make the tunnel a main passage for people traveling from the west part of the city. People have to drive to Dezhou Road then turn right to Yaolong Road, which leads to the fair site.

The tunnel, with its four lanes, is designed for vehicle speeds of 50 kilometers per hour, police said.


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