Photo: Zhongxing Road Off-ramp of North-South Elevated Road
Photo by Reporter Xiao Mingliang
(By Reporter Peng Xuhui) At 8 pm of December 26, Zhongxing Road Off-ramp of North-South Elevated Road, the supplementary project of Shanghai Critical Engineering North Cross Passage, was officially opened to traffic. After the opening, it could be possible for vehicles to travel straightly to Shanghai Railway Station North Square, which could save time of ground detour as well as avoid the crowdedness on Tianmu Road Flyover and West Tianmu Road.
It is learnt that, the overall length of the new project of Zhongxing Road Off-ramp of North-South Elevated Road is 418.5 meters with the bridge taking up 341.4 meters in all. The exit of the off-ramp is located on the west of the intersection of Gonghexin Road and Zhongxing Road with a distance of about 300 meters. The vehicle speed is designed to be 40 kilometers per hour here, and in terms of lane scale, there are one traffic lane for normal vehicle running and one lane for emergency stop.
The reporter learnt that, before the opening of Zhongxing Road Off-ramp of North-South Elevated Road, over 70% of passenger flow entered and left Shanghai Railway Station via South Square, leaving a low use efficiency of North Square. Massive vehicles travelling towards Shanghai Railway Station South Square through Tianmu Road Roundabout together with the original huge traffic stream of North-South Elevated Road, made the Tianmu Road Flyover and West Tianmu Road become a main congestion point within the area of Shanghai Railway Station.
After the completion of Zhongxing Road Off-ramp, a fast arrival passage to the north of the railroads of Shanghai Railway Station area would be established, to guide more vehicles to travel towards Shanghai Railway Station North Square through North-South Elevated Road, moderately reduce the ground detour of vehicles and promote the use efficiency of North Square. Besides, as the supplementary project of Shanghai Critical Engineering North Cross Passage, Zhongxing Road Off-ramp could also release the traffic stress effectively during the transformation of Tianmu Road Roundabout of North Cross Passage.