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Pudong adds 4 roads to connect with former Nanhui

FOUR artery roads connecting the north and south of Pudong New Area have been built to benefit commuters and local development, officials announced today.

After Nanhui District was incorporated into Pudong in 2009, urban planners decided to build eight roads connecting the former Nanhui District with Pudong.

The new roads total 60 kilometers and will cost 9 billion yuan (US$1.4 billion). About 82 percent of the road construction has been finished and the remaining four roads will be opened to traffic by the end of next year.

Due to historical reason, Pudong and Nanhui are not well connected. There are many dead-end roads near the border of two former neighbors. After the merger, Pudong wanted to connect the dead-end roads for faster development in Nanhui that lies in the south.

About 2,000 households and 450 enterprises need to be relocated to make way for the new roads. But a new regulation issued by the State Council to ban forced demolition delayed the road construction, said Jiang Aifeng, deputy director of the Pudong New Area Construction and Transportation Commission.

It takes more time nowadays to relocate people and make land ready for construction, said Jiang, adding that construction authorities will strive to ensure the remaining four roads are open to traffic by the end of 2013.


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