SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, July 9, 2018 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced that it will begin demolishing the 42-year-old “Hannam 2 Overpass,” which was built up in 1976 and passes through the Hannamogeori (Hannam five-way intersection), from July 10. Also it will fully control the traffic until the end of July when countermeasures against the traffic control are made.
The median bus lane will be installed in the place where the Hannam 2 Overpass is torn down. It will be expected to contribute to increasing traffic speed going towards the downtown to 23.3km per hour from 18.6 km per hour in rush hours.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government asks the citizens to use the public transportation or to make a detour, and to update their navigation devices in advance to ease possible inconveniences.
The city government has installed 100 construction signs, 30 street banners and 900 banners in the vicinity of the Hannamogeori and major spots in downtown Seoul to increase public awareness. In addition, it plans to provide detailed information on detour routes at the official websites of the city government and its autonomous district offices, major Internet portal websites, such as NAVER and DAUM, and at the city’s social network pages, navigation manufacturing companies’ websites, TBS (Seoul Traffic Broadcasting), TOPIS (Seoul Transport Operation & Information Service), as well as road sign information (VMS) so that the citizens are able to take a detour.
In order to ensure smooth traffic flows at major intersections including Hannamogeori, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will deploy more than 2,000 “best drivers” annually during the construction period.
It is expected that the demolition of the obsolete overpass will help improve the city landscape and revitalize the local economy, and the median bus lane will increase the conveniences of the citizens who take the public transportation to commute every day.