Beijing offers 850,000 RMB for Jianguomen overpass proposals

14:15, December 01, 2010      

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According to the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport, Beijing began soliciting proposals from the public for a planned reconstruction of the Jianguomen overpass on Nov. 30, and the most helpful suggestions will be amply awarded, the Beijing News reported.

The solicitation scheme will end on Jan. 4 of next year. However, as of now, the date and details of the construction are not confirmed.

The old Jiangguomen multi-level crossing bridge was finished in 1979, and it was the first three-story cloverleaf overpass for motor vehicles and bicycles built in China. However, with the rapidly increasing traffic burden, traffic jams here are getting worse at rush hours in the morning and evening.

An official from the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport said the current reconstruction would not focus on the basic structure of the bridge, but only widening roads and partial changes.

The commission will award the best plan with first prize and 400, 000 yuan as a bonus, two plans with second prize and 150,000 yuan each and three plans for third prize and 50,000 yuan each.

Current situation: traffic jams every rush hour without fail

A traffic policeman in charge of the Jianguomen overpass said jams occur during rush hour every morning and evening here, almost without exception.

Although there are a total of 16 assistant traffic policemen helping to lead the transportation at four crossings of the Jianguomen overpass everyday, the rush hour still lasts for almost two hours or even longer.

By Wang Hanlu, People's Daily Online


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