Traffic congestion has improved in 34 areas around the city so far this year, the Shanghai Road Transportation Development Center said yesterday.
The eased congestion has mainly resulted from changed traffic directions in certain lanes for motor vehicles, and the removal of bus stops from motor lanes.
At the intersection of Panguang Road and Hutai Highway in Baoshan District, the right-turn motor lane at the west entrance to the intersection now also allows motor vehicles to go straight from 7am to 9am and between 4:30pm and 6:30pm. The rest of the day it allows only vehicles turning right.
This modification has significantly relieved congestion at the intersection.
In the same district, four bus stations on Guoquan Road N. between Sanmen Road and Hejiawan Road no longer occupy the right-turn motor lane.
The street had a width of only 7 meters, with two motor lanes in each direction and no lanes for non-motor vehicles. Buses stopping on the roadside often disrupted traffic, and posed danger to other vehicle operators.
Now that the street has been widened, space between the motor lanes and non-motor lanes is reserved for buses, so they no longer disrupt traffic in motor lanes.
The development center planned 110 congestion relief projects at the beginning of this year, and nine more were added by the end of June.
Qian Zhongda with the Shanghai Road Transportation Development Center said the effort to address congestion has yielded positive results.