Three sections of expressway open to public, more highways planned
Shanghai Daily news
Three new sections of expressway in the city's southern suburbs were put into
use yesterday, completing a highway network that should allow drivers to travel
from one part of the city to any other part in less than an hour.
officials also announced yesterday the city plans to build 320 kilometers of new
expressways over the next five years including a highway linking the Pudong
International Airport with Zhejiang Province.
"The three new expressways will
enhance the city's expressway network to serve the entire Yangtze Delta Region,"
Shi Guanghui, deputy director of the Shanghai Engineering Administrative Bureau,
said at an inauguration ceremony yesterday.
The ceremony marked the opening
of a 21-kilometer-long north-south section of the A6 Expressway, a
28-kilometer-long section of the A30 Expressway, and a 13-kilometer-long stretch
of the A7 Expressway.
Shi said the three new expressways, which are mostly
located within suburban Jinshan District, will sharply reduce the amount of time
needed to drive from downtown to Jinshan. Previously, the drive took more than
The new expressways are also expected to facilitate transport
between Shanghai and neighboring Zhejiang Province, particularly containers from
the recently opened Yangshan Deep Water Port.
Currently, the city's highway
network covers 560 kilometers, including some 400 kilometers constructed since
Traffic officials said the network should allow drivers to find an
expressway entrance within 15 minutes of any location in the city.
said by 2010, the city will be linked by six highways to Jiangsu Province and
four expressways to Zhejiang Province.
Currently, there are three highways
linking Shanghai to Jiangsu and only one to Zhejiang.
network will cover 880 kilometers by 2010.
Construction has already started
on an 80-kilometer-long expressway linking the Pudong Airport with Hangzhou. The
project is expected to be finished by 2008.
As the number of private cars in
the city has increased by nearly 4,000 percent over the past six years, more and
more locals drive to neighboring provinces, which has created demand for
additional highways, traffic authorities said.