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Road tunnel across Yangtze River through in Nanjing

A 6,042-meter six-lane traffic tunnel under the Yangtze River, the third such tunnel in China, spans both sides of the river in Nanjing today.

The 3.3-billion-yuan (US$483-million) tunnel, which connects the parts of the city on both sides of the longest river in China, is expected to open for traffic in June next year.

Cars will be able to travel at a speed of 80 km per hour in the tunnel, and traffic flow will double that across the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge to help ease traffic across the river.

A four-lane tunnel opened for traffic in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, in last December.

Another tunnel in Shanghai was built last September and is expected to be ready for traffic at the end of this year before the city hosts the 2010 World Expo starting from May 1, 2010.

The 6,300-kilometer Yangtze River, which originates in northwest China's Qinghai Province and flows through 10 provinces and municipalities before emptying into the East China Sea, is a major transport link between West and East China. More than 100 bridges across the river have been built.


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