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Plans in place for after Expo

CITY traffic officials are putting measures in place to avoid congestion on the roads after construction projects restart when the Expo closes.

To limit the effects, the city is to control the amount of construction in any one area at any one time, authorities said.

Huang Rong, director of the city's construction and traffic commission, said: "City managers are trying to live up to locals' high expectation of improved city management."

At present the relatively smooth traffic downtown is partly attributed to many construction projects having been halted or limited.

Work had been stopped at more than 80 construction sites near the Expo site and roadworks, common before the Expo, had seldom been seen on some key roads.

Gu Xiaomin, a city lawmaker, said the repeated digging up and filling in on Shanghai's roads was like "zipping a bag."

Huang said poor planning of work to be carried out on the city's roads was to blame.

The city will rule that roads being dug up in one year should not surpass 10 percent of the total city roads.

Builders will also be requested to finish underground projects such as pipeline work during one dig, Huang said.

Officials will also encourage more use of public transport and they will be making efforts to shorten interval times of subways and buses.


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