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October 21, 2013

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Unannounced film shoot causes traffic gridlock on Nanpu Bridge

AN unannounced movie shoot caused traffic congestion on Nanpu Bridge yesterday afternoon.

The rare weekend gridlock started on the Pudong side with traffic traveling to Puxi.

A drive of less than 1 kilometer from the approach to the main bridge took more than 10 minutes, worse than morning rush hours on workdays.

An employee of the Nanpu Bridge’s management company said the film shoot was approved by Huangpu District traffic police, according to an STV report. They closed one lane from noon and had it reopened at 2pm. However, no advance notice was given to drivers and no signs warned of slower-than-usual traffic due to the film shoot.

A bus driver said the filming started about 8am, according to the report.

Some cars stopped or slowed down to watch the filming. Some people even got out of their vehicle to take pictures, which only added to the congestion.

Some people went online to voice their displeasure with the traffic jam.

“Public infrastructure belongs to everybody,” netizen “murongtanhua” posted on a microblog. “Roadways and bridges should not be interrupted for the benefit of just a few people.”

Traffic returned to normal at 4pm.



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