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Traffic bans to help city celebrations

Strict traffic limits will be imposed in Shanghai as the city celebrates the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China and the holiday break with spectacular fireworks and lighting shows.

Sightseers have been urged to avoid the Bund, a traditional viewing site when the city has put on similar displays, as massive construction projects continue there ahead of the 2010 World Expo that begins next May.

The Shanghai Public Security Bureau said yesterday that some city streets would be closed to traffic in the afternoon and night from Wednesday until October 4 to allow pedestrians to enjoy the landscape light show.

The themed fireworks will light up the sky in seven districts on the night of Thursday, the National Day.

Police suggested people avoid the riverside area along the Bund, describing it as "a completely enclosed construction site."

The core sightseeing zone of the Bund, or Zhongshan Road E1, from its intersection with Nansuzhouhe Road to Xinkaihe Road, would be inaccessible to the public throughout the holiday, police said.

"We advise people to avoid gathering near this area during the holiday because narrow roads resulting from construction are potentially risky to public safety," police said in a statement yesterday.

The Bund notwithstanding, pedestrians are in for a visual feast across major CBD areas throughout the holiday evenings.

The traffic bans will be effective every day from 3:30pm until 11:30pm.

In the Puxi area, the major celebrating zone will be closed to traffic.

This area is bounded by Liyang Road, from its crossing with Dongdaming Road, Zhoujiazui Road, Haining Road, Xizang Road N., Xizang Road M., Beijing Road W., Chengdu Road N., Chongqing Road S., Fuxing Road M., Fuxing Road E. and the Huangpu River.

Vehicle traffic on the roads themselves outside the designated zones would continue as normal, officials said.

The same ban will take effect in Pudong inside an area that is bounded by Baibujie Road, Lujiazui Ring Road N., Lujiazui Ring Road S., Shibujie Road and the Huangpu River.

Some cross-river bridges and tunnels, downtown elevated roads and Metro stations would also operate under restricted traffic conditions during the holiday afternoons and evenings, police said.

Fireworks will go off from 5pm until 10pm on Thursday in the districts of Zhabei, Xuhui, Yangpu, Minhang, Baoshan, Songjiang and Qingpu.

Each district would also impose traffic bans in appropriate areas during the holiday period, police said.

Daily subway turnover may hit 5 million during the break, according to the Metro management.

This will be nearly 1 million more than the average daily numbers, and extra trains and services have been scheduled.

Restrictions Listed
Effective from 3:30pm-11:30pm on Wednesday until October 4:
Metro Line 2's Nanjing Road E. Station will be closed, while the rest of Metro stations are subject to travel limits;
The ferry route between Dongchang Road in Pudong and Jinling Road E. in Puxi will be closed;
The Bund sightseeing tunnel will be shut.


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