Reporters learned from Shijingshan District on July 13 that the detailed plan of the western extension of Chang’an Avenue will be published very soon. According to the plan, the Lianshi Lake, which has been dry for many years, will also be refilled with water and become a 100-hectare real lake again.
It is said that the 6.4 kilometer extension will start at Gucheng South Road, pass through the East Gate and plant area of Shougang Group, the Yongding River, the West Sixth Ring Road, Mencheng Park and the Binshui Business District, and finally all the way to Sanshi Road.
Map of the western extension of Chang’an Avenue
The parts to the east and west of the Sixth Ring Road will be 80 and 60 meters in width, with 8 and 6 vehicle lanes respectively. The existing 2-lane road leading from Gucheng South Road to the East Gate of Shougang Group will be widened.
The plan stipulates that the Lianshi Lake, where Chang’an Avenue and the Yongding River intersect, will be refilled with water and become a 100-hectare ecological lake next year at the earliest. A bridge will span the river.
Relevant officials from Shijingshan District stated that the extension will strengthen the ties between the central and western parts of Beijing and play an important role in promoting the development of Mengtougou and Shijingshan Districts and shift some of the functions of the city’s central area to the western area.
Highlights of the plan
Lianshi Lake: the most beautiful spot along the 50km-long Chang’an Avenue
According to the plan, the intersection between the western extension and the Yongding River will become the most beautiful spot along Chang’an Avenue.
Relevant officials from Shijingshan District said Lianshi Lake will become a 100-hectare ecological lake which will be 400 meters in width by the end of 2011 at the earliest.
Relevant government department responsible for the construction of the bridge over Lianshi Lake will solicit proposals from experts who participated in the construction of the Olympic venues and the China Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo. It is said that the department will draw up an optimal plan after holding a worldwide public bidding, inviting experts to analyze relevant bidding documents and integrate different ideas.
Relevant officials from the Planning Bureau of Shijiangshan District said that there will be no length, width and structure model limitations, and a cable-stayed bridge or an arch bridge will be acceptable. The officials added that the final decision will be made after considering the characteristics of the soil at the bridge site and the nearby urban landscapes. It is said that the worldwide public bidding will come to an end in the near future and relevant experts will begin to analyze the bidding documents. After the bridge is completed, the local government will take public suggestions for the bridge’s name.
Waterfront piers, waterfront amusement areas, docks and ecological islands will also appear near the bridge.