Donghai Bridge closed from 3pm on Friday
Donghai Bridge was closed from 3pm on Friday due to typhoon Lekima, the city’s traffic command center has announced.
Meanwhile, Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration said it had evacuated more than 1,000 vessels from Yangshan port and the Shanghai part of the Yangtze River. All remaining large container ships at the port had been evacuated by Friday noon.
Three cruise liners — MSC Splendida, Majestic Princess and Spectrum of the Seas — which were scheduled to dock on August 10 and 11 will avoid Shanghai.
Shanghai Road Administration Bureau said its 3,000 workers had carried out a thorough inspection of the city’s key road infrastructure and construction sites to ensure that all traffic signs and elevated road parts are safely fixed and that all drainage facilities are functioning.
More than 200 emergency reaction teams are on standby.
The bureau said it will closely monitor the 576 underpasses around the city, and a reaction plan has been worked out for each.
When the water level surpasses 20 centimeters, traffic will be limited at the underpass, and when it surpasses 25 centimeters, the underpass will be closed, the bureau informed.
The traffic police said they’re also ready with tow trucks to help stranded vehicles. There will be more police officers at train stations and airports.
Police have informed all delivery companies to remind their staff of traffic safety as it’s expected that more residents will order food from home when the typhoon hits.
The traffic police also informed on Friday that all driving license tests scheduled on Saturday will be cancelled, and applicants can make new reservations from next Monday.
Meanwhile, in Fengxian and Jinshan districts, two coastal Shanghai districts in the south, firemen have been going through contingency plans.