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Old April 29th, 2012, 07:19 PM   #2061
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Perhaps no, but definitely more environment friendly then digging on the hillside.
Well, the going there is so incredibly rugged that that was likely the most economical way to do that. Keep in mind that when the Chinese built a mainline railroad between Chengdu and Kunming in the 1960s and 1970s, an astonishing percentage of its routing had to be built either in tunnels or on viaduct bridging.

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Old April 29th, 2012, 10:47 PM   #2062
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Notice that the Chinese highways are relatively levelled out (w/ the use of bridges and tunnels if required)

- likely less maintenance therefore less delays (economic/sustainability)
- better fuel efficiency for vehicles (sustainability...say U$2 per 100km for each vehicle)
- less mechanical stress on vehicles (sustainability ...)
- it does snow in these areas therfore less accidents/delays (good for economy & human health)
- less accidents/delays therefore better flow ( toll? ... therefore good for business profits,lol)
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Old April 30th, 2012, 03:14 PM   #2063
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Is it really cheaper to build the whole road on pillars rather than "cutting" it into the mountainside?
Cutting half a mountain away is not cheap. Remember, those are not hills, but mountains comparable to European Alps or Italian Apenines. Cutting too much into mountains can lead to increased danger of unpredictable landslides of great magnitude.

Anyway, amazing motorway, hope to travel on it some day.
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Old April 30th, 2012, 07:10 PM   #2064
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especially in an earthquake zone
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Old May 9th, 2012, 02:22 PM   #2065
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Two major expressway openings today.



G93 is a regional ring road (Chengyu Ring Expressway) that will run for 1057 kilometers in Sichuan and Chonqing. Most of it is completed now, except for a southern section. It partially runs parallel to G5 Jingkun Expressway.

Another expressway opens today, which runs from Nejiang to Suining. I don't know the number, as a matter of fact I do not know any provincial number in Sichuan. Normally Chinese provincial expressway have the prefix "S".
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Old May 14th, 2012, 12:23 AM   #2066
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^ Good question, according to news report the new highway runs directly from Neijinag to Suining passing through Anyue County, which is almost exactly the same route as the current S206. Maybe it'll just replace the old S206?
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Old May 14th, 2012, 12:26 AM   #2067
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As far as I know expressways never have 3-digit road numbers. They're either 1, 2 or 4 digits. 3-digits seem to be reserved for regular roads.
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Old May 14th, 2012, 01:33 AM   #2068
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As far as I know expressways never have 3-digit road numbers. They're either 1, 2 or 4 digits. 3-digits seem to be reserved for regular roads.
Yeah it seems to be true. but they can put a new number on the road like S20 or S26 or something. I ll try to find the number in chinese sites,
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Old May 17th, 2012, 08:37 PM   #2069
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G15 Shenhai Expressway opening

A 20 kilometer section of the G15 Shenhai Expressway opened to traffic May 15th, near Xiamen in Fujian province. This shortens the trip by 5 kilometers. It's a new alignment close to the existing G15 Expressway around Longhai. The new expressway has three bridges across a river delta.

It's visible on Google Earth:
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Old May 18th, 2012, 12:09 AM   #2070
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it is a waste of money. they could build the expressway in this corridor in the same place.
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Old May 20th, 2012, 12:26 AM   #2071
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20 Killed by an explosion which took place in a highway tunnel under construction in Yunnan province.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18130548
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Old May 20th, 2012, 01:49 AM   #2072
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^ Terrorist or a result of negligence?
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Old May 20th, 2012, 03:52 AM   #2073
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Negligence.

Correction: it happens in Hunan not Yunna. It's part of 532km Yueyang-Rucheng expressway where most parts are built thru mountains and with bridges or tunnels.

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Old May 21st, 2012, 05:37 AM   #2074
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so sad. i think only terrorist activities in China occur in XUAR
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Old May 25th, 2012, 12:17 PM   #2075
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By one of our forum members and H&A participants:

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Old May 25th, 2012, 12:33 PM   #2076
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LOL, you're quick, Chris

On the left (-ish) side of the picture you can see a stack junction. I'm not sure but I would not be surprised if this is the biggest stack urban junction in the world. It's located almost right in the center of Shanghai near People's Square...

This is how it looks from a pedestrian perspective (there is an elevated pedestrian walk which allows to see it from all sides)

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Believe me or not but I saw an aged woman praying (or doing some other spiritual ritual) while facing the center of the junction from the nearby elevated pedestrian walk.
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Old May 25th, 2012, 01:12 PM   #2077
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every Shanghainese knows that particular dragon column is said to have some supernatual power guarding the city of Shanghai, i.e. without it all road projects in Shanghai will collapse or suffer bad luck.
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Old May 25th, 2012, 01:36 PM   #2078
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So in order to make sure roads are ok one should pray to a dragon. Just in case.
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Old May 25th, 2012, 10:03 PM   #2079
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Not just a dragon, but this particular dragon. Before this junction was built they invited a monk to check the area and he said there is a dragon beneath the site, so they built the pillar with dragon decor to pay respect.
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Old May 25th, 2012, 11:34 PM   #2080
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lol chinese superstitions...
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