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Shanghai traffic to get worse in March, authority says

UPCOMING holidays, a world skating tournament and new construction projects are expected to aggravate traffic jams in Shanghai this month, local traffic authorities warned today.

They also blamed the protracted rainy spell since February 5 for a 10 percent increase in vehicular accidents last month and said local traffic is unlikely to improve this month.

Drivers in Baoshan District will be affected by the renovation of the Wusong Bridge on Yunzaobang Creek. Trucks are banned in the area most of the day and half side of the roads in the vicinity are closed to traffic. Diverted traffic will put pressure on nearby roads as a result and chaos will last four months until the bridge reopens.

Downtown Jiangning Road and Changshou Road will suffer jams due to the construction of subway stations for Metro Line 13. The eight-lane Changshou Road will have two lanes closed temporarily. Motorists are advised to find other routes during the rush hours.

In addition, the Women's Day on March 8, the World Short Track Speed Skating Champions on March 8-11, and the Qingming Festival on April 4 will bring out more cars than usual.

The Qingming Festival is a time to sweep the tombs of ancestors and relatives according to the Chinese tradition. People usually visit the tombs of their kin one or two weeks earlier to avoid peak travel days.

Traffic authorities also urged people to take subways to the Oriental Sports Center in Pudong to watch the skating championships, instead of driving.


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