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Work progresses on cross-river tunnels

CONSTRUCTION is progressing well on two tunnels that cross under the Huangpu River and both are expected to open by 2015, Shanghai Chengtou Corp, the builder, said yesterday.

Hongmei Road S. Tunnel will stretch 5.26 kilometers and connect Fengxian District to the Middle Ring Road in the city's south, officials said. Construction has been completed on the western tube of what will be the city's longest and deepest cross-river tunnel. The deepest part of the tunnel is 59 meters beneath the bottom of the river.

Construction has been completed on both tubes of the Changjiang Road Tunnel. It will be the city's largest tunnel upon completion, according to Shanghai Chengtou.

It will have six lanes going in both directions and is expected to ease traffic on the Outer Ring Road, traffic authorities said. The builder said natural light will be guided into the tunnel 10 hours per day, which can cut electricity consumption by up to 40 percent.

Meanwhile, the city's traffic authority plans to place travel restrictions on the Changjiang Tunnel-Bridge. The number of vehicles using the tunnel and bridge during peak hours has exceeded design limits, creating potential safety risks.

The restrictions will likely be announced before the National Day holiday starts on October 1.

Also, the S6 and S26 expressways will open tomorrow.


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