East-1 Zhongshan Road in Shanghai’s landmark Bund area is about to get a serious road diet. Decades ago, it was a tree-lined boulevard that served as a gateway to the region’s financial and global trade core. Today, it looks more like a moat full of vehicle traffic that separates the waterfront from the majestic buildings facing the harbor and the vibrant city life further inland.
Ten lanes of traffic will be reduced down to four to create more pedestrian space, parks, shops and better linkages to surrounding areas, such as the Nanking Road shopping corridor – one of the busiest in the world. Most of the traffic will be redirected underground to a new tunnel, which will let through traffic vehicles bypass East-1 Zhongshan Road.
Currently, views of the Huangpu harbor from East-1 Zhongshan Road are blocked by raised levees and an elevated promenade. Visitors mostly come to the promenade to see the new skyline shaping up in the Pudong district across the Huangpu River.
The hope is to bring people to the area for many more activities than currently exist. The proposed design promises to improve the physical and visual connection to the water.
Photo Source: Chan Krieger Sieniewicz
The redevelopment project is expected to be done in time for World Expo 2010.
The Shanghai Planning Bureau is currently soliciting feedback and ideas on the designs. See more photos and view the public feedback page here (translated automatically using babelfish).