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Seoul City plans to construct underground tunnels for small-sized vehicles to solve the city's traffic problems, city officials said yesterday.
The tunnels will be the first of their kind in the nation. The city government will use some projects from other countries as models, such as the Big Dig tunnel, which is a $14.6 billion project in downtown Boston in the United States, and Norway's Laerdal tunnel, the world's longest one, at 24.5 kilometers.
Traffic lights will not be installed throughout the tunnels, and access roads will only be built in the most congested parts of the tunnel, officials said.
The city plans to spend an estimated 900 million won on a two-year research project.
"Traffic jams are the biggest barriers when trying to raise the competitiveness of the city, which is why we decided to improve conditions in the city by building an underground road," an official said.
Maybe they want to rethink that part about using the Big Dig as a model....