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Suzhou Creek bridge under reconstruction

A "structurally unsafe" bridge in downtown Shanghai has been demolished and local motorists and cyclists will have to wait for 10 months before a brand-new bridge stands in its place, a project contractor said today.

The Shanghai Urban Construction Group, the contractor, said they have dismantled the Jiangning Road Bridge on the Suzhou Creek, and are preparing to build a new one at the same site.

Tens of thousands of commuters will have to make a detour, an extra 4.3 kilometers every day, due to the reconstruction work. Police effort to ease traffic jams in the area has proven futile.

The busy section of Jiangning Road between Guangfu Road and Aomen Road will not open to traffic until December, the contractor said.

The old bridge was built in 1968 and was rated "structurally unsafe" nine years ago. Transport authorities took protective measures each year to ensure its safety. Heavy trucks were banned from going over the bridge after the 2002 examination report.

And its neighboring Caoyang Road Bridge will also be reinforced after the new Jiangning Road Bridge opens to traffic. The construction of a subway station and high-rises is blamed for causing the bridge foundation to subside, prompting the repair project.


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