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Old January 7th, 2014, 07:58 PM   #2581
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China's far west Xinjiang province built a lot of highways and other roads in recently years connecting China with Pakistan and many central Asian countries. and the scenery along those highway is very beautiful.

You are here in Xinjiang

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Old January 8th, 2014, 11:22 AM   #2591
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I logged 103 individual expressway openings in 2013, with a combined length of 8018 kilometers. The average new expressway opening was 78 km long. The largest single opening was the Xingba Expressway (S24) in Inner Mongolia, where 265 kilometers opened at one time at 21/11/2013.

This would put the Chinese expressway length at 31/12/2013 at 99,175 kilometers (corrected for concurrencies). Considering some openings have not been recorded, there is likely now more than 100,000 kilometers of expressway in China.

In 2013, China overtook the United States in expressway length. The 31/12/2013 freeway length in the United States was 97,384 km (preliminary figure, but unlikely to change substantially).
That's close to officially announced data.

Official data from Ministry of Transport.

8,260 km of new expressways were built in 2013

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China's spending on roads and waterways should hit 1.53 trillion yuan (250 billion U.S. dollars) this year, up 5.56 percent year on year, a transportation official said on Friday.

With the money, 8,260 km of new expressways were added to the national network, said Minister of Transport Yang Chuantang, at a work conference.

A further 28,600 km of national and provincial roads were constructed or upgraded along with 210,000 km of rural roads, Yang said.

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Old January 8th, 2014, 05:14 PM   #2592
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G65W Yanxi Expressway

There's also a G65W Yanxi Expressway in Shaanxi province. It will likely run from Yan'an to Xi'an, closely parallel to G65 Baomao Expressway.

108 kilometers is currently open to traffic. It's mostly west of G65, except close to Xi'an, where it runs immediately east to G65.

There are 2x3 lanes at least as far north as Tongchuan, and 2x4 lanes closer to Xi'an.

It's likely one of those schemes to build new heavy duty expressways for all the mineral extraction in northern China, which is shipped by truck to major population centers like Xi'an.
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Old January 8th, 2014, 05:24 PM   #2593
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I believe G65W will become plain G65, as the G65W designation is absent from the new plan and the current expressway seems to be a bit below standard. There is a G65E though, which will run from Yulin to Lantian.
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Old January 8th, 2014, 07:00 PM   #2594
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China expressway length

I did an actualisation of all expressways in China. This is a manual count, based on Google Maps + expressways that opened but are not visible on Google Maps yet.

I use an Excel file for this, sorted by province. The Excel file has 780 rows. This doesn't mean there are 780 individual expressways in China, because the length of national expressways is calculated per province to keep it manageable.

Importantly, this data is corrected for concurriencies. If there are instances where multiple numbers run across the same expressway (which is quite common in China), I only calculate that length once.
For example, G4, G50 & G4201 all run across the same expressway southwest of Wuhan. Many ring expressways are also numbered with other routes, in some cases only very short sections of ring expressways are numbered with just one G-number.

So, this is the length I calculated, corrected for concurrencies and excluding Taiwan: 102,596 kilometers of expressway.
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Old January 8th, 2014, 11:06 PM   #2595
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So, this is the length I calculated, corrected for concurrencies and excluding Taiwan: 102,596 kilometers of expressway.
That was only around 10,000 km in 1999 so the Chinese built the other 92,596 km since.

Nearly equivalent to the US Interstate system at 97,384 km and in only 14 years. Average of 6600km a year of new expressway since 1999 in other words.

China plans the following going forward to 2030

http://www.cs.com.cn/english/ei/2013...4_4034868.html

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Based on the original national highway network, the low-toll highway network will include new cities and towns with a total urban population of over 200,000, prefecture-level administrative centers, key ports and major international transport routes. Additional parallel lines will be added to busy transport roads, inter-regional, inter-provincial and intercity roads will be built, and highly-efficient transport routes will be increased.

After the adjustment, the low-toll national expressways will include 7 radiating routes from Beijing, 11 stretching from north to south, 18 from east to west, as well as regional ring roads, parallel lines and link roads with a total length of about 118,000 km. Another 18,000 kms of roads are planned in sparsely populated western China.
The big ticket item in there, IIRC, is an East-West expressway along the Indian and Nepalese border in the high Himilayas.

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The non-toll highway network will be adjusted and perfected to cover more areas, and will consist of 12 radiating routes from Beijing and other areas, 47 stretching north to south, 60 stretching from east to west and 81 other routes, with a total length of around 265,000 km.
There will , I assume, be some 'HIGH TOLL' privately built expressways and PPP projects and EG Macau Hong Kong bridges on top of all that lot.

Seeing as China set out to build an 85k km long core Expressway network by 2020 (in 2005) ( the National Trunk Highway System (NTHS) or 7918 Plan ) and finished it in 2011 after only 6 years and have since managed to get to over 100k km by 2013...... I suspect they will make it somehow.

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The non-toll national highways will connect all the administrative regions of county level and above, transport hubs, border crossings and defense facilities. Low-toll national highways will be connecting all administrative centers of prefecture level, cities of medium-size and above with an urban population of more than 200,000, major transport hubs and major border crossings.
This is a headwreckingly large plan and even if China slows its growth down over the next few years they have left themselves plenty of time to build the planned network even while conceding that many of the old national roads are goat tracks that need considerable investment.
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Old January 9th, 2014, 01:03 AM   #2596
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Nepal border-expressway... China might be in an economical trouble by 2030...
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Old January 9th, 2014, 07:36 AM   #2597
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economical trouble by 2030? Economists even have trouble predicting things for next 2 years...
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Old January 9th, 2014, 07:48 AM   #2598
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I did an actualisation of all expressways in China. This is a manual count, based on Google Maps + expressways that opened but are not visible on Google Maps yet.

I use an Excel file for this, sorted by province. The Excel file has 780 rows. This doesn't mean there are 780 individual expressways in China, because the length of national expressways is calculated per province to keep it manageable.

Importantly, this data is corrected for concurriencies. If there are instances where multiple numbers run across the same expressway (which is quite common in China), I only calculate that length once.
For example, G4, G50 & G4201 all run across the same expressway southwest of Wuhan. Many ring expressways are also numbered with other routes, in some cases only very short sections of ring expressways are numbered with just one G-number.

So, this is the length I calculated, corrected for concurrencies and excluding Taiwan: 102,596 kilometers of expressway.
This is remarkable job.

The Ministry of Transport (MOT) website has a total length of 104,468, but it doesn't provide the breakdown of all expressways.

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That was only around 10,000 km in 1999 so the Chinese built the other 92,596 km since.

Nearly equivalent to the US Interstate system at 97,384 km and in only 14 years. Average of 6600km a year of new expressway since 1999 in other words.

China plans the following going forward to 2030

This is a headwreckingly large plan and even if China slows its growth down over the next few years they have left themselves plenty of time to build the planned network even while conceding that many of the old national roads are goat tracks that need considerable investment.
Below data is based on official length by MOT.

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updated Chinese expressway development,

Historical Development of Expressway Length in China

Year Distance(km)
01-01-1988 0
01-01-1989 147
01-01-1990 271
01-01-1991 522
01-01-1992 574
01-01-1993 652
01-01-1994 1,145
01-01-1995 1,603
01-01-1996 2,141
01-01-1997 3,422
01-01-1998 4,771
01-01-1999 8,733
01-01-2000 11,605
01-01-2001 16,314
01-01-2002 19,453
01-01-2003 25,200
01-01-2004 29,800
01-01-2005 34,300
01-01-2006 41,005
01-01-2007 45,339
01-01-2008 53,913
01-01-2009 60,346
01-01-2010 65,065
01-01-2011 74,100
01-01-2012 84,900
01-01-2013 96,200
01-01-2014 104,468

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I feel China's expressway construction has already passed its peak (2012) and been slowing down since last year. The new expressways are mostly located in the under-populated west. And many of them were built to fill the gaps.

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Old January 9th, 2014, 10:15 AM   #2599
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I feel China's expressway construction has already passed its peak (2012) and been slowing down since last year. The new expressways are mostly located in the under-populated west. And many of them were built to fill the gaps.
You are correct.

Even if China builds a mere 5000km a year of Expressway from now to 2020 they will complete their planned expressway network (2013 plan) by then. Mind you the planned 265k of national highway by 2030 is no small job and there are millions if kms of other roads too..many if not indeed most barely paved or unpaved.
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Now that I read...
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The first 73 kilometers of the Bashan Expressway opened to traffic in Sichuan province. It runs from Bazhong to Nanjiang in northern Sichuan. It has been suggested this may become part of G85 (Chongqing - Kunming Expressway), but it's north of Chongqing.

Another extension to Hanzhong in Shaanxi is under construction and includes the 13.8 km long 2x2 Micangshan Tunnel at the border.
That is because the G85 is not (no longer, actually) the Yukun (Chongqing-Kunming) expressway. The new Northern terminus is in Yinchuan, thus making the G85 the Yinkun expressway.
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