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  • Solving Seobu Expressway’s Chronic Traffic Jam
    [Mayor Park Won Soon's Hope Journal 123]

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    I have good news for you all.
    This June, Seobu Expressway’s chronic traffic jam will be a thing of the past.
    The part between Cheolsangyo (Bridge) and Geumcheon IC (1.2km) will be expanded from 2 lanes to 3 beginning March 15, in addition to a pedestrian road between Cheolsan-ro and Jebang-gil whose construction is scheduled to be finished by June this year.

    The project will avoid physically expanding the road, which could incur considerable time and cost, utilizing the space on the shoulder and the median instead to squeeze in one more lane into the highway.
    This is part of the City Highway Efficiency Improvement Project organized by Seoul Metropolitan Government to improve high-traffic sectors with low-cost solutions.
    Once the construction is over, Cheolsangyo (Bridge) and the Jebang-gil will be connected and decorated with flowerbeds for residents so that they can jog or take a bicycle ride to Anyangcheon (Stream).
    The construction is expected to ease the chronic congestion on Seobu Expressway and the part between Cheolsangyo (Bridge) and Suchuluidari (Bridge).
    Seoul Metropolitan Government hopes to improve traffic between Cheolsangyo (Bridge) and Geumcheon IC from 24.8km/h to 35.2km/h, for an overall improvement of 10km/h. With better signs leading to Seobu Expressway toward the outskirts, Digital-ro is expected to provide some benefit, too.

    We will do our best to minimize any inconvenience seoulites may have to experience.
    Seobu Expressway’s main area will have 2 functioning car lanes during the period of construction. Night time and weekdays will be utilized to speed up the process.

    Please note that part of the lane will be closed during the night while the surface is being paved. The ramp toward Gwangmyeong may be blocked while the pedestrian road is being built at Cheolsangyo (Bridge).
    I am sure that, with your cooperation, the construction will be completed in no time.

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