A main road in Pudong will become an expressway by the end of this year to make it faster to drive to financial and cultural landmarks of the city.
The 1.98-kilometer section of Yanggao Road S. between Century Avenue and Pujian Road is being renovated into an expressway to relieve congestion, the Pudong government said.
The section is among the busiest highways in the Pudong New Area because of a batch of cultural and business sites that lie alongside. They include Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Century Square, and Century Financial Plaza.
Furthermore, the Pudong branch of Shanghai Museum and the twin towers of the Shanghai International Financial Center will also be built on both sides of Yanggao Road.
Three major financial institutes — Shanghai Stock Exchange, China Financial Futures Exchange and China Securities Depository and Clearing Corporation — will move into the new financial center.
"The road will become a major 'business and commerce passage' in future to connect these landmarks," said an official with the district government.
Upon completion, the expressway will have a total of six lanes with a designed driving speed of 60 kilometers per hour, plus four auxiliary roads — two on either side of the expressway — with a designed driving speed of 50kph, officials said.
A landmark roundabout on the Yanggao Road S. and Century Avenue will be renovated into an intersection to improve the efficiency of vehicles.
The iconic ancient sundial sculpture on the roundabout, won't be moved, the district government said.