Work resumes on oldest bridge on Huangpu River

The oldest bridge on the Huangpu River will sport an entirely new look by the beginning of next year.

The upper level of the 43-year-old Songpu Bridge will shut down from next Saturday for a yearlong revamp project, meaning no motor vehicles will be able to cross Huangpu River via the bridge, the Shanghai Road Administration Bureau said on Wednesday.

The bridge in Songjiang District, built in 1976, was the first over the Huangpu River and links Tingfeng Highway and the Jinshan railway branch.

The lower level used to serve as a railroad bridge, but a revamp starting in July 2017 was finished at the end of last year, transforming that level into a bridge for pedestrians and non-motor vehicles.

Shanghai Road Administration Bureau

The new lower level of the bridge

The old Songpu Bridge

The new project, which starts next Saturday, is the second stage of the overall revamp project, which aims to widen the bridge to six lanes. It’s expected to be finished at the beginning of next year.

Traffic police advise motorists to use the G15 Expressway and Songpu No.3 Bridge during the refurbishment.

The length of the bridge on the upper level is about 1.8 kilometers, while the lower level reaches 1.7km.

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