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Pudong traffic's tough challenge

TRAFFIC in the Pudong New Area will have its toughest challenge when the main approach to the Nanpu Bridge is closed and replaced with smaller ramps while work starts on connecting the bridge to the Longyang Road elevated road.

Vehicles will be required to access the bridge through two new two-lane ramps instead of the six-lane main approach.

Along with the recent closure of the Dapu Road Tunnel for renovation, Pudong police said, traffic will be "terrible."

The connection of the bridge to the elevated road should be finished by January in time for the 2010 World Expo.

Pudong traffic police said the reduced number of lanes would cause a bottleneck on the Nanpu Bridge approaches, which are already congested in rush hours, when cars bank up for hundreds of meters trying to cross the bridge to Puxi.

"It is the worst situation in the hardest period for us in history," said Ding Hongqi of Pudong traffic police. "There are very few other roads for detours."

Ding said the Lupu Bridge became far more congested during rush hours when the Dapu Road Tunnel was closed.

Traffic lights will be set up on the new ramps of the Nanpu Bridge to control traffic flow. If traffic gets extremely bad, police will divert traffic onto the bridge via the ramps on Pusan Road or Pudong Road S.

Pudong police appealed for drivers to remain calm while driving on the ramps.
"Don't change lanes. If you have to, don't forget using indicators," Ding said. "The bridge can't afford any accident."


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