An aerial so­lu­tion for traf­fic jams

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By WANG YING in Shang­hai

wang_y­ing@chi­nadaily.com. cn

Au­thor­i­ties are hop­ing that the con­struc­tion of a 343-me­ter pedes­trian bridge will help al­le­vi­ate traf­fic con­ges­tion at the Na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, dubbed the world’s largest sin­gle -block build­ing and ex­hi­bi­tion com­plex.

The steel bridge will con­nect the western sec­tor of the NECC to the Hongqiao busi­ness district, al­low­ing vis­i­tors to park their ve­hi­cles in the lat­ter be­fore walk­ing to the ex­hi­bi­tion zone.

The clover-shaped NECC oc­cu­pies an area of 1.47 mil­lion square me­ters and can ac­com­mo­date 400,000 vis­i­tors. Dur­ing ex­hi­bi­tion pe­ri­ods, the mas­sive in­flux of vis­i­tors of­ten causes se­vere traf­fic jams. In May 2015, when a med­i­cal equip­ment fair was held at the com­plex, the traf­fic came to a stand­still dur­ing peak hours and in turn caused ho­tel rates to spike across the city, ac­cord­ing to thep­a­per.com.

In or­der to ad­dress the prob­lem, au­thor­i­ties in Au­gust 2015 started con­struc­tion on the pedes­trian walk­way, which is 8 me­ters above ground. Ac­cord­ing to Xie Wenx­uan, an as­sis­tant to the pro­ject man­ager from Shang­hai Mech­a­nized Con­struc­tion Group Co Ltd, the aerial pas­sage will have an av­er­age width of 21 me­ters, much wider than tra­di­tional aerial walk­ways. It will be avail­able for use in June.

A slew of other aerial cor­ri­dors are also be­ing planned or con­structed in Shang­hai’s ma­jor com­mer­cial ar­eas to tackle sim­i­lar traf­fic prob­lems. Ac­cord­ing to Xie, a new bridge con­nect­ing the Hongqiao Rail­way Sta­tion and Hongqiao busi­ness district will link all the nine ma­jor ar­eas of the busi­ness district upon com­ple­tion, mak­ing it more con­ve­nient for peo­ple to ac­cess ma­jor com­mer­cial fa­cil­i­ties.

“We are try­ing to make the cor­ri­dor a com­pre­hen­sive pro­ject for shop­ping, leisure and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties. It’ll be a land­mark pro­ject in the area,” said Liu En­fang, the head of the In­sti­tute of Shang­hai Ar­chi­tec­tural De­sign and Re­search Co Ltd, which is the de­signer of the pro­ject.

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