SZ-Zhongshan link plan unveiled
2012-November-7 Source: Szdaily web edition
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A computerized image of Shenzhen-Zhongshan Corridor.

Shenzhen motorists could reach the city of Zhongshan, on the west side of the Pearl River, in 30 minutes from Xixiang, Bao’an District, when the Shenzhen-Zhongshan Corridor project is completed by 2021.

The trip currently takes at least an hour.

The design plan and environmental impact report for the much-desired road to the western Pearl River Delta have been unveiled on www.gdcd.gov.cn, the official Web site of the Guangdong Provincial Transport Department, for the second round of public reviews and comment, Chinese-language media reported yesterday.

Construction of the 51-km project will start in 2015. The project mainly includes a 6.72-kilometer tunnel starting on the Shenzhen side of the river and 19 bridges with a total length of 42.7 kilometers. The road will have four lanes in each direction, with a designed speed limit of 100 kilometers per hour.

Reports released this week said the tunnel plan will significantly reduce the project’s environmental impacts.

The road will connect Huanghe Flyover in Xixiang, Bao’an District in Shenzhen, with Xinlong Flyover in Zhongshan.

The project’s feasibility study is expected to be finished in March 2013, with approval likely by June 2014.

The State Council approved the road as a key project in the Outline of the Plan for the Reform and Development of the Pearl River Delta for 2008-2020. The road also was included in Guangdong’s 12th five-year plan and is estimated to cost 30 billion yuan (US$4.76 billion).

The initial plan to build a transportation corridor connecting the two cities across the Pearl River arose six years ago, when Humen Bridge, the overland link between Shenzhen and the western part of the Pearl River Delta area, started becoming frequently overloaded and jammed because of its limited capacity. The number of vehicles using Humen Bridge has increased an average of 11.5 percent annually since it was opened in 1997. As of 2010, the bridge handled 88,000 vehicles a day.

 

Editor: Jecey
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