By Paul Chung
Shanghai’s municipal development and reform commission recently approved a highway project proposal that will better connect the city’s northern suburbs, strengthen inter-city east-west transportation flow, and balance the overall traffic network.
The proposed 18.8-kilometer thoroughfare, temporarily named the “Beiheng Passage,” will pass through six northern Puxi districts: Yangpu, Hongkou, Zhabei, Putuo, Jing’an, and Changning. The highway will run from Yangpu to Changning, terminating at Huangxing Road in the east and Middle Ring Road-Beihong Road in the west.
Like other inner-city expressways, the Beiheng Passage will be composed of both surface and elevated roads, with speeds ranging from 40 to 60 kilometers per hour.
The Beiheng Passage is anticipated to significantly alleviate existing congestion on some of the city’s most crowded thoroughfares, especially the Yan’an Elevated Road which runs parallel to most of the proposed route. In addition, the project will advance the infrastructural development of areas north of the Suzhou River that flows through the heart of the city.
There is no official date on when the project will break ground.