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Traffic seen worsening with events, construction

INCREASED traffic from coming holidays and events including the Chinese tomb-sweeping day, together with new urban construction projects, will cause further congestion on some downtown streets later this month, the city's traffic watchdog warned yesterday.

The predicted problems come on top of more than a month of rainy and cloudy weather that caused 10 percent more pile-ups on local elevated roads than usual in the past month.

Drivers in Baoshan District will be the worst affected. The Wusong Bridge spanning Yunzaobang Creek has been put under restricted traffic for renovation since Saturday. Cargo vehicles are banned for most hours of the day and half the traffic lanes are closed. The traffic restriction will continue for four months until the revamp is completed.

A jump on tomb-sweeping

Meanwhile, traffic on downtown Jiangning Road and Changshou Road will face aggravated jams due to construction of two new Metro stops for Line 13 in the area. Car lanes on the busy Changshou Road will be temporarily reduced to six from eight to make room for Metro construction this month.

Also expected to keep the streets busy: Commercial promotions in the central business district around the International Women's Day this Thursday, the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships to be held in town March 8-11 and the Qingming Festival holiday.

The Qingming Festival, dedicated to tomb-sweeping, falls on April 4, but people usually start paying visits to their family members' and friends' tombs a week or two ahead, in other provinces or local suburbs.


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