Expressways of Shanghai

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Shanghai has an expansive grade-separated highway and expressway network consisting of 14 city elevated and surface expressways, 9 provincial-level expressways, and 8 national-level expressways. Several city highways and provincial-level expressways are also under construction.

City Expressways[edit]

Most city expressways are found in the inner districts of Shanghai, including several elevated highways which run directly above surface-level roadways. In Chinese, these expressways are literally termed City High-speed Roadways (Chinese: 城市快速道路), but the maximum speed is usually 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph). These are still considered expressways or controlled-access highways because of the presence of ramps, grade-separated junctions, and the absence of traffic lights. Most of these expressways are elevated and run above a lower-speed roadway. Two city expressways, the Inner Ring Road and Middle Ring Road, are, or will be ring roads or beltways.

English name Chinese characters name Termini Notes
Inner Ring Road
Also known as Inner Ring Elevated Road
上海内环线
内环高架路
Ring road 47.7 kilometres (29.6 mi) long. Crosses the Huangpu River using the Yangpu Bridge and Nanpu Bridge.
Yan'an Elevated Road 延安高架路 Hongqiao International Airport
The Bund, Bund Tunnel, East Zhongshan No. 1 Road
15 kilometres (9.3 mi) long.
South-North Elevated Road 南北高架路 Jiyang Road and Yaohua Road, Lupu Bridge
Shanghai S20
18.1 kilometres (11.2 mi) long.
Yixian Elevated Road 逸仙高架路 Inner Ring Road
G1501 / Shanghai S20
9.5 kilometres (5.9 mi) long.
Middle Ring Road 中环路 Jinqiao Road and Pudong Avenue, Pudong
Middle Huaxia Road, Shenjiang Road, and Huaxia Elevated Road, Pudong
Sections of Middle Ring Road are still under construction. Its length so far is 59.25 kilometres (36.82 mi). When complete, it will become a ring road. Crosses the Huangpu River using the Jungong Road Tunnel and Shangzhong Road Tunnel.
Humin Elevated Road 沪闵高架路 Inner Ring Road
G60 / G92 / Shanghai S4 / Shanghai S20
13.32 kilometres (8.28 mi) long.
Jiamin Elevated Road 嘉闵高架路 Beidi Elevated Road
S124 Husong Highway
Part of the Hongqiao Comprehensive Transportation Hub.
Huaxia Elevated Road 华夏高架路 Middle Ring Road at Shenjiang Road
S1 Yingbin Expressway near Pudong International Airport
15.6 kilometres (9.7 mi) long.
Beidi Elevated Road 北翟高架路 Jiamin Elevated Road
Middle Ring Road
7.3 kilometres (4.5 mi) long. Part of the Hongqiao Comprehensive Transportation Hub.
Songze Elevated Road Chinese: 崧泽高架路 China Expwy G15 sign with name.png G15 Shenyang–Haikou Expressway
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport Terminal 2
Part of the Hongqiao Comprehensive Transportation Hub.
Jianhong Elevated Road 建虹高架路 Part of the Hongqiao Comprehensive Transportation Hub.
Hongdi Elevated Road 虹翟高架路 Part of the Hongqiao Comprehensive Transportation Hub.
Hongyu Elevated Road 虹渝高架路 Part of the Hongqiao Comprehensive Transportation Hub.
Caobao Elevated Road 漕宝高架路 Part of the Hongqiao Comprehensive Transportation Hub.

Provincial-level Expressways[edit]

Designations for provincial-level and federal-level expressways in Shanghai had the letter prefix A before the number of the expressway. Starting at the Yingbin Expressway, which was designated the number 1, the numbers increased clockwise around the city. For ring expressways, the designations A20, A30, A40, etc., were used. For expressways connecting to other provinces which already had national designations (beginning with the letter G), designations with the letter A were attached.

In August 2009, Shanghai replaced its system of naming expressways with the prefix A with the letter prefix S, in order to conform to the general designations for provincial-level highways. The S means Shengdao, or provincial-level roads. The letter prefix A was abolished.

Signpost Designation Former designation English name Chinese characters name Termini Notes
Shanghai Expwy S1 sign with name.svg S1 A1 Yingbin Expressway 迎宾高速公路 Shanghai S2 / Shanghai S20 in Pudong New Area
Shanghai S32 at Pudong International Airport
18.5 kilometres (11.5 mi) long.
Shanghai Expwy S2 sign with name.svg S2 A2 Shanghai–Luchaogang Expressway 沪芦高速公路 Shanghai S1 / Shanghai S20 in Pudong New Area
Yangshan Port, Zhoushan, Zhejiang
74.8 kilometres (46.5 mi) long including the Donghai Bridge.
Shanghai Expwy S3 sign with name.svg S3 A3 Shanghai–Fengxian Expressway 沪奉高速公路 In planning.
Shanghai Expwy S4 sign with name.svg S4 A4 Shanghai–Jinshan Expressway 沪金高速公路 G60 / G92 / Shanghai S20 / Humin Elevated Road in Minhang District
G15 in Jinshan District
Shanghai Expwy S5 sign with name.svg S5 A12 Shanghai–Jiading Expressway 沪嘉高速公路 Middle Ring Road
Yecheng Road / South Bo'le Road in Jiading District
20.5 kilometres (12.7 mi) long.
Shanghai Expwy S6 sign with name.svg S6 A17 Shanghai–Nanxiang Expressway 沪翔高速公路 In planning.
Shanghai Expwy S7 sign with name.svg S7 A13 Shanghai–Chongming Expressway 沪崇高速公路 In planning.
Shanghai Expwy S19 sign with name.svg S19 A6 Xinnong–Jinshanwei Expressway 新卫高速公路 G1501 / Shanghai S36 in Xinnong, Jinshan District
Shanghai S301 (Xinwei Highway) in Jinshanwei, Jinshan District
Shanghai Expwy S20 sign with name.svg S20 A20 Outer Ring Expressway 外环高速公路 Ring road 99 kilometres (62 mi) long. Crosses the Huangpu River twice, using the Xupu Bridge to the south and the Outer Ring Tunnel to the north. It is the third in a series of four ring roads around the city of Shanghai.
Shanghai Expwy S26 sign with name.svg S26 A16 Shanghai–Changzhou Expressway 沪常高速公路 G1501 in Qingpu District
Continues as Jiangsu S58 at the Jiangsu border
Shanghai Expwy S32 sign with name.svg S32 A15 Shanghai–Jiaxing–Huzhou Expressway 申嘉湖高速公路 Shanghai S1 at Pudong International Airport
Continues as Zhejiang S12 at the Zhejiang border
Shanghai Expwy S36 sign with name.svg S36 A7 Tinglin–Fengjing Expressway 亭枫高速公路 G1501 / Shanghai S19 in Jinshan District
G60 in Jiashan County, Jiaxing, Zhejiang, just outside Fengjing, Jinshan District

National Expressways[edit]

National highways and expressways in Shanghai both have the prefix G, an abbreviation for Guodao (国道), which literally means National roads. It is important to note that both grade-separated, controlled-access expressways and normal at-grade highways both have the prefix G. Only the national-level expressways are mentioned here. National-highways which are at grade and not controlled-access are also found in Shanghai, and these include Kokudou 204(China).svg G204, Kokudou 312(China).svg G312, Kokudou 318(China).svg G318, and Kokudou 320(China).svg G320. Expressways also have green-coloured signs while their highway counterparts have red-coloured signs.

Designation Former Shanghai A designation English name Chinese characters name Termini in Shanghai Continues towards Notes
China Expwy G2 sign with name.png A11 Beijing–Shanghai Expressway 京沪高速公路 Middle Ring Road
Jiangsu border
Beijing G2 Beijing–Shanghai Expressway and G42 Shanghai–Chengdu Expressway are concurrencies for their entire length in Shanghai.
China Expwy G42 sign with name.png Shanghai–Chengdu Expressway 沪蓉高速公路 Chengdu
China Expwy G15 sign with name.png A4, A5 Shenyang–Haikou Expressway 沈海高速公路 Jiangsu border
Zhejiang border
Shenyang (north)
Haikou (south)
China Expwy G40 sign with name.png A14 Shanghai–Xi'an Expressway 沪陕高速公路 China Expwy G1501-SHLE sign with name.png G1501 Shanghai Ring Expressway
Jiangsu border
Xi'an
China Expwy G50 sign with name.png A9 Shanghai–Chongqing Expressway 沪渝高速公路 S20 Outer Ring Expressway and Yan'an Elevated Road
Jiangsu border
Chongqing
China Expwy G60 sign with name.png A8 Shanghai–Kunming Expressway 沪昆高速公路 S20 Outer Ring Expressway, S4 Shanghai–Jinshan Expressway, and Humin Elevated Road
Zhejiang border
Kunming G60 Shanghai–Kunming Expressway and G92 Hangzhou Bay Ring Expressway are concurrencies for their entire length in Shanghai.
China Expwy G92 sign with name.png G92 Hangzhou Bay Ring Expressway 杭州湾环线高速公路 Ningbo
China Expwy G1501-SHLE sign with name.png A30 Shanghai Ring Expressway 上海绕城高速公路 Ring road almost entirely within Shanghai.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The G1501/G2 Huaqiao Interchange is located in Kunshan, Jiangsu technically, though managed by Shanghai authorities.

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