Shanghai hails Pudong bridge links

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 October, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 October, 2002, 12:00am

Shanghai took a step towards completion of the massive Lupu Bridge yesterday by linking the ends of the structure that will improve transport links to the premier Pudong development zone.

The city has invested 2.5 billion yuan (HK$2.35 billion) to build the arched bridge, which stretches almost 9km over the Huangpu River and stands 50 metres above it - to allow ships to pass below. The six-lane bridge is to open to traffic in March.

The span beneath the arch is 550 metres, which officials claim is a record for this type of bridge, local media said. Construction started two years ago.

Shanghai is eager to promote Pudong, which lies across the river from the old part of the city, as a financial and trade zone.

Officials say the bridge will form the southern boundary of an exhibition area which Shanghai will build if it wins the bid to host the 2010 World Expo.

Local newspapers hailed the event, saying it was a symbol of the mainland's technological advances.