Construction starts on downtown highway ramp

Work has begun on a new ramp for the South-North Elevated Road to alleviate congestion near Shanghai Railway Station.
Shanghai SMI Highway Group / Ti Gong

Workers erected the first pillar for the new ramp of the South-North Elevated Road on Zhongxing Road in Jing'an District around 2am on Wednesday.

The South-North Elevated Road is having a new ramp installed to alleviate congestion near Shanghai Railway Station.

The first pillar, which was prefabricated, for the new ramp on Zhongxing Road in Jing'an District was erected around 2am on Wednesday, according to the Shanghai SMI Highway Group which has invested in and takes charge of the construction.

Upon its completion by the end of the year, vehicles in north Shanghai will be able to drive to the north plaza of the Shanghai Railway Station directly via the new ramp.

The ramp is expected to offer effective relief to the congestion on Tianmu Road, especially during the ongoing construction of the Beiheng Passage, a 19-kilometer road to link Changning, Putuo, Jing’an, Huangpu, Hongkou and Yangpu districts that is due to be finished in 2019, an official with the group said.

Furthermore, the ramp will also lead to more railway passengers to enter the station from the north plaza to balance the crowds between the station's two plazas, he added. Currently, over 60 percent of passengers enter the station through the south plaza because of its more convenient transport connections.

To reduce the impact on nearby residents, some 98 percent of the ramp structures are prefabricated. The drilling machines are wrapped with rubber to cut the noise and vibration, according to the group. Mist fans are also  used to blow away flying dust during construction.

Most construction work will be carried out in the daytime to avoid disturbing residents' sleep.

The mobile phone number of the project manager has also been released for residents to monitor the construction process, the group said.

Shanghai SMI Highway Group / Ti Gong

Once completed, vehicles in north Shanghai will be able to drive to the north plaza of Shanghai Railway Station directly via the new ramp on the South-North Elevated Road.


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