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Old January 10th, 2014, 10:29 PM   #2601
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Does anyone know if the Lanqi Bridge opened to traffic near Fuzhou, Fujian? Completion was originally planned for late 2013. It's not on any expressway as far as I can tell.

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Old January 11th, 2014, 07:47 AM   #2602
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I checked the news and it opened on Jan 1st 2014.
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Old January 15th, 2014, 09:37 AM   #2603
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Pretty impressive feat of construction, this is done is minimize disruption of the Beijing-Guangzhou railway. The bridge connects Wuhan's 3rd ring road to the 2nd ring road.



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Old January 15th, 2014, 09:45 AM   #2604
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Very impressive!
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Old January 15th, 2014, 11:39 AM   #2605
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Pretty impressive feat of construction, this is done is minimize disruption of the Beijing-Guangzhou railway. The bridge connects Wuhan's 3rd ring road to the 2nd ring road.
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Old January 15th, 2014, 04:38 PM   #2606
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Old January 16th, 2014, 04:41 AM   #2607
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Old January 16th, 2014, 10:15 AM   #2608
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[InKunming--Yunnan] According to Yunnan's Transportation Bureau, road tolls will be totally free for small and middle cars in the province during the forthcoming Chinese Spring Festival, which will officially run from 0 o'clock of January 31 to 24 o'clock of February 6.

Apart from Yunnan, other provinces around the country will also see this policy.

However, on the Lunar New Year's Eve, which is not granted as a official holiday this year, vehicles still have to pay road tolls, according to the 2014 official holiday schedule released by the general office of the state council earlier.

In fact, the Lunar Year's Eve is one of the most important nights of the traditional Chinese calendar for ancestor worship and family reunion from time immemorial, and it has been placed into an official holiday since 2007.

Even though many residents have to work until the Lunar Year's Eve, the transportation system of the country has suffered great pressure under the approaching Chinese Spring Festival.

During this year's Chunyun, which will last from January 16 to February 24, passenger volume is estimated to mount up to 3,623 million. About 12,000 flights will be added by the airlines to release the transportation pressure in the Chunyun period.
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Old January 16th, 2014, 05:12 PM   #2609
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[InKunming--Travel Tips]The Dali-Lijiang Expressway, the first expressway reaching Tibetan areas in Yunnan province, went into operation on Dec 30, 2013.

The highway has two lanes for each direction, with a speed limit of 100 km per hour for cars and 80 km per hour for vans and buses. It will take only 6.5 hours to travel by road from Kunming (capital of Yunnan province) to Lijiang via Dali, and the Lijiang-Shangri-La section will be improved.

As a key expressway project for "Western Development", the Dali-Lijiang Expressway has received the biggest investment, 18.8 billion yuan ($3.1 billion), among all expressway projects in Yunnan to date.

Stretching 260 km, the Dali-Lijiang Expressway is the longest project in the province, according to Zhang Guohui, director of the Dali-Lijiang Expressway Construction Headquarter.

Linking together famous tourist attractions, the Dali-Lijiang Expressway shortens the drive for visitors. The Cangshan Mountains, Erhai Lake, Shuanglang county, Jizu Mountain, Hutiao Valley and Shangri-La all benefit from the expressway. These tourist areas will be expected to meet new development opportunities in the future.

The Dali-Lijiang Expressway is also a "Nationwide Culture Demonstration Road". From tunnel entrances and sightseeing stands to toll stations, visitors can appreciate the region’s distinct local characteristics.

Protecting and improving the eco-environment along the expressway is an important task for the construction headquarter. the orgin plants on the road were transplanted for the highway.

Before construction, the construction team counted native plant species along the expressway and worked out a transplant model. The team even changed the planned route to avoid damaging ancient trees.

In addition, the Dali-Lijiang Expressway innovatively used a remote video system to supervise construction
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Old January 22nd, 2014, 05:49 PM   #2610
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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.


Hi,

I'm trying to make sense of the Chinese government's 2030 target (118,000 km of low-toll expressways) in the context of the current length of the expressway network (104,468 km at the end of 2013).

Assuming the current expressway network continues to expand at a rate of about 6,500 km per year, the 118,000 km mark will be exceeded by the end of 2015 - not exactly a mountain to climb, unless the low-toll expressways make up a relatively small portion of the total.

So what percentage of the overall expressway network do these low-toll expressways account for - would anyone be able to shed any light on this??

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Old January 25th, 2014, 08:03 AM   #2611
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that only counts the planned national expressways, not including the local expressways. The current national expressway length is around 85,000 km.
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Old January 25th, 2014, 01:49 PM   #2612
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Almost forgot this:

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A 3 kilometer segment of the G78 Shankun Expressway opened to traffic near Shantou in Guangdong province. It's half of the six kilometer missing link of G78.

Google Earth imagery from March 2013 suggests there are some expropriation issues on the missing link to G15.
At least that missing link is U/C. Another thing is the G7 just inside the G4501 (Beijing 6th ring road), I believe there are big expropiation issues there as there is a whole section that is totally absent from the imagery, with no construction in sight.
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Old January 26th, 2014, 06:24 AM   #2613
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Street view now available in Medog, China's last county without road.

Tencent introduced street view in Medog (Tibet) earlier this week. The road to Medog was not opened until last year:

* http://map.qq.com/#pano=360610031311...pitch=6&zoom=1

* http://map.qq.com/#pano=360610031311...itch=-6&zoom=1

* http://map.qq.com/#pano=360671X51311...pitch=0&zoom=1

* http://map.qq.com/#pano=360670X51311...pitch=0&zoom=1

* http://map.qq.com/#pano=360670X51311...pitch=9&zoom=1

* http://map.qq.com/#pano=360670X51311...pitch=6&zoom=1

* http://map.qq.com/#pano=360610031311...pitch=4&zoom=1
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Old January 26th, 2014, 09:59 AM   #2614
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News:Beijing to Shenyang highway is going to be extended to 6+6 lanes
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Old January 26th, 2014, 11:58 AM   #2615
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All the way to Shenyang? They are already developing an alternate G1N between Beijing and Qinhuangdao.
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Old January 28th, 2014, 02:31 PM   #2616
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that only counts the planned national expressways, not including the local expressways. The current national expressway length is around 85,000 km.
Ahh, that explains it! Thank you.
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Old January 30th, 2014, 08:57 PM   #2617
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News:Beijing to Shenyang highway is going to be extended to 6+6 lanes
Isn't better to make two parallel expressways to cover more towns and cities and warrant more reliable connection in case of severe conditions?
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Old January 30th, 2014, 11:35 PM   #2618
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I have found massive rural expressways through Google Maps. Here are the sections I know are 2x4:
G4 from Shijiazhuang to somewhere between Xuchang and Zhumadian, I don't know where it drops to 2x2 due to poor imagery in that section, but I suspect it does so at G36 interchange near Luohe. Also I don't know if they have completed widening it in Hebei. In addition, I know Beijing-Shijiazhuang is being reconstructed.
G6/G7 from Hohhot to Baotou. East of Hohhot, a separate G7 is U/C (As I previously reported here).
G15 from Shenyang to Dalian, and from Fuzhou to Xiamen.
G30 from Zhengzhou to East of Baoji. Again, I'm not sure if they have finished widening it from Luoyang to Shaanxi border. In addition it seems they are widening it from at least Kaifeng (Old imagery this time) to Zhengzhou.
I'll keep searching for more.
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Old February 1st, 2014, 12:47 PM   #2619
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Aerial video of Dali-Lijiang Expressway

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Old February 5th, 2014, 03:39 PM   #2620
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Length of National Trunk Expressway System by year

Year Length

1988 0 km (0 mi)
1989 147 km (91 mi)
1990 271 km (168 mi)
1991 522 km (324 mi)
1992 574 km (357 mi)
1993 652 km (405 mi)
1994 1,145 km (711 mi)
1995 1,603 km (996 mi)
1996 2,141 km (1,330 mi)
1997 3,422 km (2,126 mi)
1998 4,771 km (2,965 mi)
1999 8,733 km (5,426 mi)
2000 11,605 km (7,211 mi)
2001 16,314 km (10,137 mi)
2002 19,453 km (12,088 mi)
2003 25,200 km (15,700 mi)
2004 29,800 km (18,500 mi)
2005 34,300 km (21,300 mi)
2006 41,005 km (25,479 mi)
2007 45,339 km (28,172 mi)
2008 53,913 km (33,500 mi)
2009 60,436 km (37,553 mi)
2010 65,055 km (40,423 mi)
2011 74,113 km (46,052 mi)
2012 84,946 km (52,783 mi)
2013 96,200 km (59,800 mi)
2014 104,500 km (64,900 mi)
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