New expressway planned to make it easier to reach Pudong airport

A 14-kilometer, six-lane elevated highway is proposed to run above Longdong Avenue to make it more convenient to drive to the airport.
Ti Gong

Longdong Avenue is planned to receive a major renovation with an expressway built above it and improvements to the road itself.

An expressway will be built in the Pudong New Area to connect downtown Pudong and Pudong International Airport.

The district's planning body said the 14-kilometer-long expressway will run above Longdong Avenue, and the road itself will be improved, making it more quicker to drive to the airport as well as offering more convenient links to Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park and Jinqiao, Tangzhen, Caolu and Heqing towns.

The elevated highway will be newly built above the avenue between the Inner Ring Road and G1501 Expressway, or the city's beltway. The elevated highway will have three lanes in each direction, with a designed driving speed of 80 kilometers per hour, the district's planning, land and resources bureau said.

Residents in downtown Pudong currently usually drive to the airport via Huaxia Elevated Road or Yingbin Expressway, which are likely to become congested during rush hours, an official with the bureau said.

The newly planned Longdong Expressway offers a third fast link to the airport with both elevated and ground options, he added. The bureau is soliciting public opinion on the renovation and new construction plan on the  through September 24. A detailed schedule on the project has yet to be decided.

According to the plan, the new elevated expressway will connect with the city's inner, middle and outer ring roads to relieve congestion on the three major thoroughfares. Ramps have been designed on Keyuan, Jinke, Zhangjiang, Gutang and Linkong roads to make it more convenient to reach the outskirt towns in Pudong.

The existing Longdong Avenue will receive a major renovation to become a ground expressway with three fast lanes and one slow lane in each direction. The designed driving speed on the renovated road is 50 kilometers per hour, according to the bureau.

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