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Old September 13th, 2015, 09:12 PM   #3021
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Tibet expressway

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20..._134620023.htm

On Wednesday, top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng celebrated the opening of a 400-km expressway linking Lhasa and Nyingchi in Dagze County. The road will improve logistics and make life more convenient for rural herdsmen in the mountains.

The expressway is visible on Google Earth imagery, east of Lhasa and west and south of Nyingchi. It follows National Highway G318.

G318 runs across a 5000 meter high mountain pass halfway between these cities. But there is no recent imagery to confirm the route of the expressway there. However local topography suggests that if the expressway runs here, it is likely tunneled at an altitude of 4700 m, making it the second-highest expressway in the world.

edit: it appears to be a part of the Ya'an - Yecheng Expressway (Yaye Expressway), numbered as G4218, that would run for over 3400 km through several 5000+ m mountain passes.

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Old September 13th, 2015, 09:57 PM   #3022
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On Wednesday, top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng celebrated the opening of a 400-km expressway linking Lhasa and Nyingchi in Dagze County. The road will improve logistics and make life more convenient for rural herdsmen in the mountains.

The expressway is visible on Google Earth imagery, east of Lhasa and west and south of Nyingchi. It follows National Highway G318.

G318 runs across a 5000 meter high mountain pass halfway between these cities. But there is no recent imagery to confirm the route of the expressway there. However local topography suggests that if the expressway runs here, it is likely tunneled at an altitude of 4700 m, making it the second-highest expressway in the world.

edit: it appears to be a part of the Ya'an - Yecheng Expressway (Yaye Expressway), numbered as G4218, that would run for over 3400 km through several 5000+ m mountain passes.
This is not an expressway. It is a higher-standard highway, like the one linking Xining and Yushu.
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Old September 13th, 2015, 10:16 PM   #3023
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I don't know, the sections that are visible on Google Earth appear pretty high standard, not just a twinning of the existing road like a few other expressways in western China. The quoted investment, 38 billion yuan ($ 6 billion), also suggests more than a low-standard upgrade.
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Old September 13th, 2015, 10:28 PM   #3024
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I'm now in Baidu Maps, and it shows a gap between Gongbo'gyanda/Gongbujiangda and Maizhokunggar/Mozhugongka, so it may be still not completed all the way from Nyingchi/Lingzhi to Lhasa/Lasa. I hope they built it in a such way it can be quickly upgraded to expressway standards, as it is in the path of the G4218 Ya'an-Kargilik expressway. Same goes to G214 between Gonghe (Labelled as Hainan Tibetan) and Yushu.
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Old September 15th, 2015, 12:29 PM   #3025
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Beipanjiang Bridge Duge

Due to open round the same time as the Puli bridge on the G56 Hangrui Expressway is the Beipanjiang Bridge Duge (there appear to be a number of Beipanjiang Bridges in China so you need the Duge bit). It is only a few km NE of the Puli bridge on the same G56 Hangrui Expressway.

http://www.highestbridges.com/wiki/i...ng_Bridge_Duge

According to the Highest Bridges website. "Toppling all previous spans for height, the new Beipanjiang Bridge Duge will open in 2016 as the first crossing to ever surpass the 500 meter height barrier as well as becoming the first cable stayed bridge to ever hold the title of The World’s Highest Bridge."

The Siduhe Bridge on the G50 Huyu Expressway is currently the highest motorway bridge in the world and has been since 2009. The Puli bridge will also beat the Siduhe by 4m when it opens in 2016 or so same time as the Beipanjiang Bridge Duge

Lots more photos at the very top link. I believe the highestbridges.com crew are planning a world record Bungee jump off it before it formally opens next year,mentioned in that link.
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Old September 15th, 2015, 12:45 PM   #3026
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It is at the border of Yunnan and Guizhou, so it won't open to traffic until the Guizhou segment is completed. April 2015 imagery on Google Earth show the expressway under construction in early stages.

That's also why I'm not sure if the Puli Bridge actually opened to traffic. The Yunnan segment of the G56 expressway is complete (in this area), but it's not sure where the first interchange is, recent Google Earth imagery stops just west of the Beipangjiang Bridge.

location: https://www.google.com/maps/@26.3854.../data=!3m1!1e3
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Old September 15th, 2015, 01:29 PM   #3027
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Are you sure? I was able to follow G56's construction in Google Maps all the way to Xuanwei, which is exactly what Baidu marks You are correct, imagery turns older but G56 is already U/C in those. According to Baidu Maps, the first interchange is East of Baoshan town, well after Puli bridge.
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Old September 15th, 2015, 02:15 PM   #3028
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Just for luck the Chinese are also building the Beipanjiang Railway Bridge Qinglong nearby but that is 'only' 300m high. Also opening in 2016.

Highestbridges.com have this image. It is a concrete arch bridge

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Old September 16th, 2015, 12:50 AM   #3029
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I don't know, the sections that are visible on Google Earth appear pretty high standard, not just a twinning of the existing road like a few other expressways in western China. The quoted investment, 38 billion yuan ($ 6 billion), also suggests more than a low-standard upgrade.
Yes, it is pretty high standard compared to the old road, but it is not officially classified as an expressway. In Chinese it is called 拉萨至林芝高等级公路 (Lhasa to Nyingchi high-standard highway) not 高速公路 (expressway).
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Old September 23rd, 2015, 09:22 AM   #3030
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G60 Shanghai-Kunming Expressway in Guizhou Province,Southwest China.

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Old September 26th, 2015, 07:18 PM   #3031
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The first 49 kilometer segment of the G1012 Jianhei Expressway (Jiansanjiang - Heixiazidao Expressway) opens to traffic in far northeastern China. It runs from Qianshao and Heixiazi Island, which is at the Russian border, not far from Khabarovsk. There is no recent Google Earth imagery to confirm how far it actually extends to the Russian border. There are no border crossings in this area.

So it`s road to nowhere, till the border crossing will be built. On Google Earth it really doesn`t seem to be road connection between Russia and China.
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Old September 26th, 2015, 07:21 PM   #3032
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There is a small city called Fuyuan nearby. But the name of the expressway specifically mentions the island (also known as Bolshoy Ussuriysky Island) which is divided between China and Russia. The border dispute wasn't settled until 2004.
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Old September 26th, 2015, 10:07 PM   #3033
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After a string of Spanish openings, China counter-attacks .
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The first 49 kilometer segment of the G1012 Jianhei Expressway (Jiansanjiang - Heixiazidao Expressway) opens to traffic in far northeastern China. It runs from Qianshao and Heixiazi Island, which is at the Russian border, not far from Khabarovsk. There is no recent Google Earth imagery to confirm how far it actually extends to the Russian border. There are no border crossings in this area.
I highly suspect this would be a high standard road like the proto-G0613 in Qinghai and the proto-G4218 in Tibet, as it is shown dashed in the Wikipedia map. But then I checked Baidu Ditu (i.e. Maps), and it shows a full-fledged, albeit unnumbered, expressway. It also shows the expressway ending at Fuyuan county route X109, with a divided road continuing to the main branch of Heilong/Amur river, with no bridge construction in sight (Oddly enough, Baidu shows all of Heixiazi island as part of China).
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There is some imagery in the area that shows it partially under construction. It does appear to be a full-standard expressway, on a new alignment with interchanges. They did not widen the existing road like a few G-expressways in the west.
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Old September 27th, 2015, 04:40 AM   #3035
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As a matter of interest; are they going to reconstruct Beijing inner rings to a proper expressway/motorway standard? I would figure that if they got funds for giant viaducts for virtually no-one on the mountains, they must have them also where funds really are needed. China is just like a giant version of Spain on this subject...
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Old September 27th, 2015, 05:10 AM   #3036
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If there's something that China and Spain have in common, is a huge construction bubble.
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Old September 30th, 2015, 08:04 PM   #3037
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A new stretch of expressway opened in eastern Jilin province. It runs from near Fusong (a locality called Huayuankoucun) to Songjianghe Airport, not far from the Korean border. An exact length is not given, but a Google Earth measurement suggests a length of approximatly 63 kilometers.

It is an extension of the S26 Fuchang Expressway. It could also be a part of G12S, Yanchang Expressway (Yanji - Changchun Expressway). However, the current ending near Songjianghe doesn't suggest an extension of this expressway towards Yanji. It would run near Baekdu Mountain.

Baidu Maps also shows as G11 being completed from Fusong to the Heilongjiang border. G12S / S26 would have a concurrency with G11 west of Fusong.
Heck, they have messed up the route of G12S. The Wikipedia map doesn't show it that far South, instead it shows G12S crossing G11 around Dapuchaihe. Indeed, it will replace S22 East of Changchun and S1116 West of Yanji (labelled as Yanbian Korean in Google Maps), with S1118 becoming G1215. The opened expressway remains S26.

About G11, it's Baidu doing the same Google did in Europe some years ago.
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Old October 1st, 2015, 08:37 AM   #3038
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2015-03-12 drive-lapse from Muang Xay to Puer

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Laos–China border crossing 20:38–24:58

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Old October 2nd, 2015, 03:51 PM   #3039
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Lots of new expressways opened to traffic in recent days.

So far I've counted 10 expressway openings since 25 September, totaling 740 kilometers of new expressway, in several provinces.
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A 63 kilometer stretch of expressway opened to traffic in Gansu province. It consists of two segments, a 13 kilometer extension of G3017 Wujin Expressway to the S17 south of Jinchang, and a 50 kilometer extension towards the border with Inner Mongolia. I'm not sure what expressway this is.

The new expressways are visible in Google Earth, but only in the vicinity of Jinchang, not through the desert towards the Inner Mongolia border.
The expressway North of Jinchang is also S17. But really, is this expressway through nowhere needed? Anyway, unlike many unopened expressways, this one is still not shown in Baidu.
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A circa 190 kilometer segment of expressway opened to traffic in Gansu province. It is part of the G7011 Shiyan - Tianshui Expressway (Shitian Expressway). This particular segment runs from the Shaanxi border to G30 near Tianshui, completing the expressway in Gansu. It contains several tunnels up to 6 kilometers in length and numerous bridges and viaducts. This part of G7011 has a rather remarkable route, running north, west, north, northeast and north again. Overall, G7011 is mostly an east-west expressway.
Not only is completed in Gansu, G7011 is now complete overall. Anyway, it is redundant West (North, actually) of Cheng county where it merges with G8513, as it ends in Tianshui with the later planned to go past the G7011 terminus to Pingliang. But one can argue the Shiyan-Tianshui expressway was already there when they introduced the current expressway numbering in 2005, while the Pingliang-Mianyang one wasn't added until 2013.
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