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Lujiazui's overpass ready by mid-year
By Zha Minjie

OFFICE workers in the busy Lujiazui area will be able to walk on an overpass corridor from a Metro station to their offices in a cluster of skyscrapers via a winding skyway by the middle of this year, the project's builder said yesterday.

High-rises like the Shanghai ifc, Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center will be easier to reach.

The main structure of the elevated skyway, stretching more than 540 meters from the Metro Line 2 Lujiazui Station to the buildings, was finished yesterday, said the builder, Shanghai Urban Construction Engineering Group.

It's a key part of the overpass project, which encompasses four parts to address a long-time problem for pedestrians.

Office workers complain that the workplaces are highly visible but not easily accessible due to wide roads with heavy traffic in the busy area.

The project stretches a total of about 1,300 meters.

Three parts, including a ring-shaped overpass, a second-floor platform and a corridor, have been finished and put into use.

The project allows people to reach the buildings via pedestrian passes without crossing ground roads as officials try to separate vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the business hub.

Construction began on the 9-meter-wide skyway last year. It will have three entrances and exits.

One option that has been explored for the longer term is to connect the high-rises in Lujiazui by underground passages extended from Metro stations.

District officials also are introducing shuttle buses to take subway commuters from Lujiazui Station to offices.

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