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Tibet’s 1st Extradosed Bridge Opens To Traffic

The first extradosed bridge in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region opened to traffic on Wednesday amid expectations it will boost local tourism, Xinhua news agency reported.

The 1.28-km-long Ngaqen Bridge above the Lhasa River in the eastern suburbs of regional capital Lhasa has six lanes and a 33-metre-wide roadbed, and is designed to accommodate vehicles at speeds of 60 km per hour.

Construction of the bridge started two years ago and cost around 370 million yuan (US$60.3 million).

Ngaqen Township resident Soinam Lhamo said it used to take one-and-a-half hour to reach eastern Lhasa’s Dagze County from Ngaqen, as the journey required a detour via the Newu Bridge in the western suburbs of the city.

“With the new bridge, it will now take only 10 minutes to get to Dagze,” said Lhamo.

Officials said the bridge linking a national highway is expected to ease traffic to downtown Lhasa and help boost tourism and freight transport.

source: Bernama, 27 NOV 2013

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